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Rural residents' experience in living with borderline personality disorder
Johnston, Kyla D.
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
v, 90 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-82).
"A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The purpose of this research study was to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of rural residents who have been diagnosed and are living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Six women between 20 and 65 years of age and living in a predominantly rural region in the prairies of Canada participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using van Manen’s method of phenomenology. The knowledge gained from this study has implications for mental health practice, program development, education, and policy grounded in consideration of the needs and experiences of this population. Four main themes were identified: 1) the road to treatment, 2) experiences of rural living, 3) judgement by healthcare professionals, 4) barriers along the way. A significant finding of this research was the participants’ experiences of stigma from healthcare professionals and by members of their communities. The findings indicate a substantive need for community-based mental health services designed to treat BPD that are accessible to rural residents. In addition, stigma-reduction strategies should be targeted at members of rural communities and at healthcare professionals.
Borderline personality disorder--CanadaStigma (Social psychology)--CanadaRural population--Canada
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies