The use of contracts in the inpatient treatment of the borderline personality disorder
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This paper reviews and describes the clinical, administrative, and psychodynamic aspects of the use of contracts. The particular focus is on how the characteristic difficulties which borderline personality disorder patients encounter on inpatient services are helped by contracting. The use of contracts facilitates the therapeutic alliance, and aids in the avoidance of excessive regression and acting out. The improved stabilization of the patient permits a more constructive use of transference and countertransference, and facilitates a clearer examination of Axis I diagnosis and the use of medication. The contracting process can be a useful addition to the inpatient treatment of borderline personality disorder patients.
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