Childhood trauma, proactive coping, and borderline personality among adults

2019 IJRSP – Volume 8 Issue 1


Wibhowo, Christin*
Soegijapranata Catholic University, Indonesia (

Retnowati, Sofia
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (

Ul Hasanat, Nida
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (


Research on the factors causing borderline personality (BP) has not been done although Indonesian adults are showing several behaviors classified under BP criteria. According to the theory, childhood trauma and proactive coping play a role against BP. Therefore, research is done to find out the relationship between childhood trauma, proactive coping, and borderline personality. The researcher expects to prevent the occurrence of BP by understanding the relationship. Participants in this study aged 20-40 years (N = 247). The results of this study shows relationship between childhood trauma, proactive coping and BP, R = .548 (p <.01). Childhood trauma and proactive coping contribute for 29.3% of BP. Childhood trauma affects BP (t = 4,130) and proactive coping affects BP (t = – 6,319). From this data, it is concluded that BP can be prevented by avoiding childhood trauma and increasing proactive coping.

Keywords: borderline personality; childhood trauma; proactive coping; Indonesian adults



*Corresponding Author