Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Kelly E. Moore

Committee Members

Meredith Ginley, Aubrey Dueweke


People receiving treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) are at risk of justice involvement. Although it is well-established that borderline personality disorder (BPD) increases risk for criminal involvement, it is unclear whether this relationship exists among people with SUDs. Furthermore, prior research has found sex and race differences in the relationships between BPD and justice involvement as well as violence, but these moderators have not been explored within a substance using sample. The current study utilized a sample receiving SUD treatment to examine whether BPD is associated with prior violent charges and, if race and sex moderated this relationship. Results indicated that presence of BPD was associated with violent charges, and there may be sex differences in this relationship (OR = 4.04, 95% CI = .90; 18.18, p = .069). This study contributes to knowledge of how BPD increases risk for violent charges among people receiving SUD treatment.

Document Type

Thesis - embargo


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