The authors report a prospective 2-year outcome study of 40 inpatients
with severe personality disorders who were treated on a specialized
long-term unit for patients with "borderline conditions." Treatment goals
included improving interpersonal relationships and facilitating a lasting
discharge from the hospital. Data were collected at admission, discharge,
and 1 and 2 years after discharge. The data reflect change from admission
to follow-up in impulsivity, psychotherapy, and social adjustment.
Mediating effects of length of stay on outcome are discussed.