Assessment of borderline personality in nursing homes, departments of geriatric medicine and long term care hospitals according to the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO)

Published: 07-01-2021| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/zc47xbw2kk.2
Franck Rexand-Galais,
Lucas Pithon,
Johane Le Goff


This data set was built with the purpose of clarifying the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in aging. 444 responses to a self-assessment questionnaire were collected using the evaluated French form of the Inventory of Personality Organization. Data collected comes from men and women over 65 years old. The research protocols were developed in collaboration with the universities of Angers and Lyon 2. This research was carried out with the approval of Gerontology Medical Unit of Lucien Hussel Hospital Center. The research population was evaluated in two French nursing homes, one department of geriatric medicine and one long term care hospital. Establishments concerned authorized this research. The clinical psychologist in charge of the study in the geriatric establishments collected these data. Data was collected from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020. Free and informed consent to research was requested and signed. Research participants were men and women over 65 years old. To focus on the normal-borderline personality organization continuum, three major exclusion criteria were defined: 1) Major cognitive impairment or dementia, 2) Psychotic symptomatology / psychotic personality organization and major organic or somatic disorder which can be a significant bias in clinical dynamics and testing, 3) Disabling visual or praxic impairment to testing and major somatic or psychic crisis. These weaknesses prevented the subjects to answer a self-assessment questionnaire. Socio-demographic information was collected upstream (age, gender and level of education) to ensure the internal and external validity of the sample. Several tests validated in French were then carried out: the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the brief version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7). Finally, we proposed an assessment of the personality organization with the Inventory of Personality Organization to the participants. Subjects had to fill in the French form of the international scale of the IPO. We remained available if necessary (misunderstanding, help). The resulting dataset corresponds to the participants’ responses. These data can be easily used as part of a gerontological assessment. They can be used to identify personality organization (neurotic or borderline). These data show an effective alternative to the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in aging only based on DSM-5. These data can be analyzed as part of a lifespan approach to borderline personality organization, integrated with data relating to the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO) in the subject over 65 years of age and included in meta-analyses. These data provide additional correlated information on rates of depression and anxiety in an elderly population in geriatric institutions