The lived experiences of family members of a sibling with borderline personality disorder in South Africa: A qualitative study

Wendy Nomalungelo Caluza, Marie Poggenpoel, Chris P.H. Myburgh, Nompumelelo Ntshingila

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Abstract

Background: Family members of family members who have a sibling with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience a considerable burden. Individuals with BPD pose a challenge to their siblings, as BPD affects the person with the disorder and those around them. Purpose: The aim of this article is thus to report on a study that explored and described the family members’ lived experiences of a sibling with BPD. Method: This qualitative study used in-depth phenomenological individual interviews, supported by participant observations and field notes for data collection. Data were analysed using Colaizzis' descriptive phenomenological method of data analysis. Results: Seven participants were interviewed, and three themes emerged from the collected data. The study revealed that participants experienced multiple challenges in understanding, gaining control, and struggling to cope with their own lives. Participants also experienced that interpersonal relationships suffered due to lack of constructive communication and lack of education on the disorder. Lastly, the study revealed that the participants used different mechanisms to cope with having a sibling with BPD. Conclusion: This research illuminated the challenges experienced by family members of a sibling with BPD. These findings provide a basis for recommendations to support the family members who have a sibling with BPD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100594
JournalInternational Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Family members
  • Lived experiences
  • Qualitative
  • Sibling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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