1. Clinicians would be more likely to diagnose BPD and endorse BPD characteristics in gay and bisexual male clients than in heterosexual male clients. We also wished to examine whether clinicians would be more likely to diagnose BPD and BPD characteristics in lesbian and bisexual female clients.2. Clinicians would rate LGB clients as being in greater need of treatment and having a poorer prognosis than heterosexual clients.3. Clinicians would express less confidence about working with LGB clients and less willingness to treat them as compared to heterosexual clients.4. Consistent with the findings of prior studies, we also predicted that responses to LGB clients would differ by therapist gender, with female therapists having more positive views of LGB clients and providing less severe diagnoses than male therapists.5. Finally, we also predicted that unless participants were explicitly told that a client had a history of same-sex relationships, they would assume that the client was heterosexual. Thus, participants who received the "unspecified" male and female vignettes, in which the gender of the client's romantic partners was not stated, would assume that the clients were heterosexual, and their evaluations of these clients would not differ significantly from evaluations of clients in the male and female heterosexual conditions (page 755).
Be knowledgeable about statistical frequency of different populations regarding borderline personality disorder;Be aware and responsible of counter-transference including theoretical prejudice affecting diagnosis and treatment;Integrate temperamental or biological characteristics in the psychoeducation of the individual and the couple;Adapting interventions and strategies based on awareness of temperamental or biological characteristics;Explore for child abuse or neglect history when evaluating for borderline personality disorder.
Should become knowledgeable about differential diagnoses of borderline behaviors;Should treat each aspect of the individual's presentation;Develop an unifying conceptualization that includes all aspects of the individual's and couple's experiences and behaviors;Conduct therapy with interventions and strategies based on the theoretical conceptualization, with adaptation to the unique qualities of the individual and couple;