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Kernberg, O.F. (1976). Technical Considerations in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Organization. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24:795-829.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24:795-829

Technical Considerations in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Organization

Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.

General Principles of Treatment

OPINION REGARDING THE TREATMENT of borderline pathology remains divided. At one extreme are those who would follow Zetzel's (1971) approach, which implies that borderline pathology is related, at least in an important part, to defective development of ego functions and therefore requires a supportive psychotherapeutic approach. At the other extreme are those who would consider a nonmodified psychoanalysis the optimal treatment for all cases (Segal, 1967).

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