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The initial contract in the treatment of borderline patients
Am J Psychiatry 1987;144:927-930.
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The initial treatment contract with a borderline patient recognizes the patient's potential for destructiveness and builds in safeguards. The therapist's effort to protect the treatment mobilizes the patient's primitive defenses. The therapist must be prepared to respond to resistance to the contract by clarification, confrontation, and occasionally interpretation. Although countertransference reactions evoked by the patient's use of primitive defenses complicate the therapist's task of defining the necessary treatment frame, the therapist's recognition of countertransference responses can enable him to establish and enforce an appropriate contract.

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