Staff working in mental health settings may have little training on Borderline Personality Disorder, which can lead to a poor understanding of the diagnosis. Research on staff attitudes towards this diagnosis has suggested that there is a risk of stigma against these individuals, especially those who are in a parenting role. Previous research on mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder has focused on how they interact with their children, yet there is no research on their own experience of being a mother.
The University of Surrey would like to focus specifically on mothers who experience the difficulties associated with this diagnosis to help develop understanding of and future services for mothers with features of Borderline Personality Disorder.
To this end Bertha Rogers at the university is hoping to carry out a number of interviews. These will take about one hour and will focus on the individual’s experiences of being parented and how they go on to parent their own children.
Any travel expenses incurred will be reimbursed as well as an additional £13 for time taken to attend the interview. The researcher is also able to interview potential participants in their homes or discuss a mutually agreeable meeting place.
If you are interested in learning more about this research and/or would like to take part please contact Bertha Rogers at
or on 07973 690 324.
This study is being conducted as part of a Doctoral Thesis in Clinical Psychology. The study has been granted a favourable ethical opinion by the ethics committee of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at the University of Surrey.