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Jiyeon Lee 1 Article
The Relationship between Borderline Personality Traits and Reactive Aggression: The Mediating Effect of Experiential Avoidance
Jiyeon Lee, Myoung-Ho Hyun
STRESS. 2020;28(4):262-268.   Published online December 31, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2020.28.4.262
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Background

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of experiential avoidance in the relationship between borderline personality traits and reactive aggression.

Methods

In total, 160 participants (male N=57, female N=103, mean age 25.3 years) completed the questionnaires measuring levels of borderline personality traits, experiential avoidance, and reactive aggression.

Results

First, borderline personality traits had a significantly positive effect on experiential avoidance and reactive aggression. Experiential avoidance also had a positive effect on reactive aggression. Second, experiential avoidance had mediating effect between borderline personality traits and reactive aggression.

Conclusions

Based on the results of this study, it was confirmed that borderline personality traits could activate experiential avoidance, which leads to an increase in reactive aggression. Furthermore, current results suggested that in the treatment of reactive aggression in borderline personality traits, it was important to deal with experiential avoidance.


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