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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention - Lauren Borges, PhD

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 30 August 2017


Lauren Borges, PhD
Title: Rocky Mountain MIRECC Psychology Fellow – Denver
Lauren Borges earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2016 following the completion of a clinical internship at the VA Maryland Healthcare System/University of Maryland School of Medicine as a VA trauma track intern. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in PTSD, suicidal behavior, and personality psychopathology. She is specifically interested in applying functional contextual interventions to the treatment of shame in these individuals. Dr. Borges joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September of 2016.

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Borges, L. M., and Naugle, A. E. (2017) The role of emotion regulation in predicting personality dimensions. Personality and Mental Health, doi: 10.1002/pmh.1390.
Dimensional models of personality have been widely acknowledged in the field as alternatives to a trait-based system of nomenclature. While the importance of dimensional models has been established, less is known about the constructs underlying these personality dimensions. Emotion regulation is one such potential construct. The goal of the current study was to examine the relationship between personality dimensions and emotion regulation. More specifically, the predictive capacity of emotion regulation in accounting for personality dimensions and symptoms on the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality-2 above and beyond a measure of general distress was evaluated. Emotion regulation was found to be predictive of most personality dimensions and symptoms of most personality disorders. Consistent with hypotheses, emotion regulation variables associated with undercontrol of emotions were most predictive of traits associated with Cluster B personality disorders whereas Cluster A and C traits were most associated with emotion regulation related to overcontrol of emotions. These findings provide preliminary evidence that some personality dimensions never assessed in relation to emotion regulation are strongly predicted by emotion regulation variables. Thus, the present study facilitates an initial step in understanding the relationship between personality dimensions and a multidimensional model of emotion regulation. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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