Research findings

A randomised controlled trial that using stepped care for personality disorders produces significant benefits for consumers and reduces health costs, including fewer inpatient bed-days and lower re-presentations for emergency departments.

Impact of personality disorder compared to schizophrenia and depression: People with personality disorder represented 20.5% of emergency and 26.6% of inpatient mental health presentations with high risks for readmission - meaning providing effective treatments quickly is a priority.

Read how living with a person with pathological narcissism can be challenging, including experiencing how the person goes through large fluctuations in affect, oscillating attitudes and contradictory needs. 

What is 'emptiness' in Borderline Personality Disorder? Read our new systematic review to understand how to work with emptiness in treatment.

Cochrane systematic review of Psychological therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder. Psychological therapies designed for BPD were superior to treatment as usual approaches, and evidence supports both behavioural (e.g. DBT) and psychodynamic (e.g. MBT) therapies. Common factors require more study, but all approaches emphasise the importance of a structured framework, good therapeutic alliance, an active therapist stance, and therapist support.

What are the priorities for improving personality disorder services?
Ng, F., Townsend, M. L., Jewell, M., Marceau, E. M., & Grenyer, B.F.S. (2020). Priorities for service improvement in personality disorder in Australia: Perspectives of consumers, carers and clinicians. Personality and Mental Health.

Does parenting style influence the development of narcissism in young people?
van Schie, C.C., Jarman, H.L., Huxley, E., Grenyer, B.F.S. (2020). Narcissistic traits in young people: understanding the role of parenting and maltreatment. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 7, 10.

Read an update on evidence-based skills and strategies for working with people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. King, R.M., Grenyer, B.F.S., Gurtman, C.G., Younan, R. (2020). A clinician's quick guide to evidence‐based approaches: Narcissistic personality disorder. Clinical Psychologist, 24, 91-95     

Read new findings on parenting with personality disorder from our laboratory that synthesises research from over 84,000 participants and provides recommendations when considering parenting within clinical practice and policy. Key areas of focus include attachment enhancement, appropriate and timely diagnosis, and provision of evidence based treatment. Steele KR, Townsend ML, Grenyer BFS (2019) Parenting and personality disorder: An overview and meta-synthesis of systematic reviews. PloS ONE, 14(10): e0223038.