Negativism in evaluative judgments of words among depressed outpatients with borderline personality disorder. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study contrasted the frequency of negativistic evaluative judgments to words of various emotional content between two groups of patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) (20 patients with a comorbid diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and 20 patients without BPD) and a group of 20 community adult Controls. BPD patients made more "dislike" judgments with neutral words than MDD patients and Controls. The performances of the MDD patients were more similar to the Control group than to the BPD group, despite negligible differences between the two patient groups in the severity of depressive symptoms and overall psychopathology. As a whole, these data indicate that the presence of borderline features in patients with MDD can be an important qualifier in terms of patients attitudinal dispositions.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Disord

author list (cited authors)

  • Kurtz, J. E., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Kurtz, JE||Morey, LC

publication date

  • December 1998