PhD candidate and Pitch it Clever prize winner Kayla Steele from the School of Psychology is preparing to begin a randomised control trial for her research into parenting with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and how to prevent the transmission of the disorder across generations.

“We are beginning the trial in Adelaide in collaboration with the BPD Collaborative, which is part of South Australia Health, with plans to expand to other sites down the track,” Ms Steele, a member of UOW’s Project Air Strategy team, said.

“The next milestone will be to get the groups up and running and to collect data from our first participants as this has been a long time coming, especially since COVID-19 turned the world upside down.

“Fingers crossed we can get this happening towards the end of October.”

Ms Steele’s research is focused on helping parents living with BPD, a treatable disorder characterised by intense and hard to control emotions and difficulty maintaining relationships. The mental illness can affect every aspect of a person’s life and parenting can be especially challenging.

The ultimate goal of Ms Steele’s work is to help those with BPD create a family environment where children understand what is going on and feel secure and connected to their parent.

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