Childhood maltreatment associated with adult personality disorders: findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Academic Article uri icon


  • Adverse childhood experiences such as abuse and neglect are frequently implicated in the development of personality disorders (PDs); however, research on the childhood histories of most PD groups remains limited. In this multisite investigation, we assessed self-reported history of abuse and neglect experiences among 600 patients diagnosed with either a PD (borderline, schizotypal, avoidant, or obsessive-compulsive) or major depressive disorder without PD. Results indicate that rates of childhood maltreatment among individuals with PDs are generally high (73% reporting abuse; 82% reporting neglect). As expected, borderline PD was more consistently associated with childhood abuse and neglect than other PD diagnoses. However, even when controlling for the effect of borderline PD, other PD diagnoses were associated with specific types of maltreatment.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Disord

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Battle, C. L., Shea, M. T., Johnson, D. M., Yen, S., Zlotnick, C., Zanarini, M. C., ... Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 322

complete list of authors

  • Battle, Cynthia L||Shea, M Tracie||Johnson, Dawn M||Yen, Shirley||Zlotnick, Caron||Zanarini, Mary C||Sanislow, Charles A||Skodol, Andrew E||Gunderson, John G||Grilo, Carlos M||McGlashan, Thomas H||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • April 2004