Pattern, Preferences, Barriers, and Correlates of Self-Reported Physical Activity in Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder An Online Survey in Western Countries

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Samuel St-Amour
Lionel Cailhol
Josyanne Lapointe
Déborah Ducasse
Gabrielle Landry
Paquito Bernard


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by an instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and emotions and is highly comorbid with other disorders. Physical activity has shown great results in treating these disorders. Physical activity intervention should be built considering the preferences and barriers of the targeted individuals. However, to this day no study analyzed the preferences and barriers to physical activity in individuals with BPD, which is the goal of this study. We used an online survey to question 192 adults with a self-reported diagnosis of BPD from Canada, France, the United States, England, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Participants complete 607 minutes of physical activity weekly on average. They prefer walking (66.7%), biking (33.3%), aquatic activities (29.0%), and running (24.2%). Their main barriers to physical activity are having a friend over, having other engagements, and recovering from an injury. Additionally, they prefer engaging in individually supervised physical activities outside, typically in long sessions of moderate intensity. Finally, a majority of participants are interested in receiving physical activity advice, but most did not receive any. The professionals from whom they would prefer to receive advice are trainers, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and psychologists. These findings are crucial for tailoring future physical activity interventions for adults with BPD.


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St-Amour, S., Cailhol, L., Lapointe, J., Ducasse, D., Landry, G., & Bernard, P. (2024). Pattern, Preferences, Barriers, and Correlates of Self-Reported Physical Activity in Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder: An Online Survey in Western Countries. Communications in Kinesiology, 1(6). (Original work published March 7, 2024)
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