The comparison of borderline traits among schizophrenic patients, theirs first degree relatives and normal people groups

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Introduction: Borderline personality disorder as a one of psychotic borderline condition is similar to Schizophrenia at lower level. In other hand, there is more evidence that genetic liability to schizophrenia is present among non-psychotic relatives of schizophrenic patients. The aim of this research was to investigating borderline traits among schizophrenic patients, theirs first degree relatives and normal people groupsMethod: The current study was conducted in cross-sectional context.  The study population included all patients and their first degree relatives referred to the Razi psychiatric hospital in Tabriz city. Out of which 80 were selected by convenience sampling. The sample was divided into two groups, 34 with schizophrenia diagnosis, 50 first degree relatives of schizophrenic patients and the other 34 with any previous psychiatric disorders. Participants answered to Borderline Personality Inventory (BPI). To analyze the data, one way analysis of variance was used.Results: The results showed mean scores of borderline traits are significantly different in three groups (P<0.001, F=57.15) accordingly schizophrenic patients, theirs first degree relatives and normal people have more scores in borderline traits respectively.Conclusion: The results indicate the importance of heredity factors in developing schizophrenia and it can discuss in line of stress vulnerability model.Keywords: schizophrenia, borderline personality, first degree relatives, stress vulnerability model