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Relationships between mental health staff and those who have a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder

Fada, Rubina


Rubina Fada


Tim (Clinical psychologist) Alexander

Philip (Clinical psychologist) Molyneux

Samantha Haigh


This thesis portfolio comprises three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical paper, and a corresponding set of appendices.
Part one: Systematic Literature Review
This systematic review aimed to explore the barriers and facilitators for mental health staff having compassion for people who have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. A systematic search was carried out resulting in eighteen studies that met the inclusion criteria and were selected for review. A narrative synthesis approach to analysis was taken which identified barriers and facilitators of compassion. Appraisal of the methodological quality of the evidence base is considered. The findings are discussed in relation to theoretical links, clinical implications, and avenues for future research.
Part two: Empirical Paper
This qualitative research explores the experiences of relationships with mental health staff from the perspective of clients diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. The study aimed to understand the process of shame and investigate repeated patterns in interactions between professional to service-user relationships and early experiences. A Thematic Analysis approach to analysis was taken due to not meeting data saturation for Grounded Theory. Three overarching themes were identified. The findings are discussed in relation to existing literature, and the implications for practice and research are reflected upon.
Part three: Appendices
This contains a set of supporting appendices for the systematic literature review and empirical paper, comprising an epistemological statement and reflective statement.


Fada, R. (2019). Relationships between mental health staff and those who have a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 24, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
Public URL
Additional Information Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work, The University of Hull
Award Date Jul 1, 2019


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