Age and gender differences in the influence of childhood stressful events on the psychological personality traits in patients with borderline psychiatric disorders



This paper presents results of our analysis on gender and age differences in the effect of childhood stressful events on severity of anxiety and depression symptoms, coping behaviors and inherent personality traits in patients with affective disorders. The study included 440 patients hospitalized in our neuropsychiatric clinic. The results showed that in women childhood stressful events are associated with severity of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as with some coping strategies and inherent personality traits, with some variability in different age groups. In men, a significant association with childhood stressful events was observed only with severity of depression and with scores for neuroticism. The associations in men also varied between different age groups.

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Keywords: stress, abuse and stressful events in childhood, gender, age, anxiety, depression, inherent personality traits, coping behavior

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Gersamiya A.G., Menshikova A.A., Yakovlev A.A. Age and gender differences in the influence of childhood stressful events on the psychological personality traits in patients with borderline psychiatric disorders. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2017. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 110–125. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2017100308. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

A. G. Gersamiya, Psychologist, «Moscow Scientific Research and Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry of the Healthcare Department of Moscow», Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

A. A. Menshikova, Senior Research Associate, «Moscow Scientific Research and Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry of the Healthcare Department of Moscow», Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

A. A. Yakovlev, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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