Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorder and Childhood Trauma in Male Prisoners: Mediating Effect of Difficulties in Emotional Regulation

Published: 20 March 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/sp7knj8bjr.2
Fulei Geng


This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of probable antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) among prisoners, and further examine the mediating effect of difficulties in emotional regulation (ER) between childhood trauma and symptoms of ASPD and BPD. A total of 1,491 male participants (35.4 ± 9.69 years) were recruited from a prison in Guangdong, China. The symptoms of ASPD and BPD, childhood trauma, difficulties in ER, and suicide were measured by self-administered structured questionnaires. Logistic regressions were performed to investigate the associations of ASPD and BPD with suicide. Path analysis was used to examine the mediating effects of difficulties in ER between childhood trauma and symptoms of ASPD and BPD.


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Jiangxi Normal University


Clinical Psychology


National Natural Science Foundation of China