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A case study of an extremely violent serial rapist with borderline personality disorder in remission

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Abstract:

Martens WHJ. A case study of an extremely violent serial rapist with borderline personality disorder in remission. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 465–467. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective: 

To provide evidence that some borderline patients with poor prognosis can obtain complete remission. Method: 

Case of a violent rapist with borderline personality disorder in remission is reported. An attempt was made to reveal the mechanism of recovery in this forensic patient who initially was assessed as psychotherapeutically untreatable. Results: 

Psychotherapeutic effects and favourable psychosocial factors such as successful college graduation, increased social–emotional capacities and valuable new relationships did also play a very important role in this remission process. Conclusion: 

Controlled studies are necessary to elucidate the mechanism of recovery among criminal patients with borderline personality disorder in order to provide adequate treatment programmes and to construct more reliable prediction methods for prognosis and reoffending.

Keywords: borderline personality disorder; drug therapy; psychotherapy; remission

Document Type: Case Report

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0447.2003.00083.x

Affiliations: W. Kahn Institute of Theoretical Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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