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Abstract—Grade 12 learners in South Africa are under pressure to perform well. In most public schools, they must come early to school and leave late. This pressure might affect their wellbeing if they usually are not cared for. This study explores how the behaviours  resulting  from  personality  disorders  might  affect  the  performance  of  grade  12  learners.   It  adopts  a  qualitative approach through a phenomenological design. Six participants,  three principals,  and three SBST members were selected from three  secondary  schools   grades  12,   in  Phuthaditjhaba,  eastern  Free  State  Province,  South  Africa.  The  results  showed  that  Behavioural problems caused a   lack of discipline at home, a   dysfunctional School Based Support Team, paying attention from their peers, and insufficient time to catch up. This study recommends that The School Based Support Team should play its role effectively, especially at the primary school level,  to diagnose earlier learners so their profiles can be submitted to secondary schools for more support.

Keywords: Personality disorders, Grade 12 learners

Setloboko,  T.  (2024).   Influence  of  personality  disorders  on  the  academic  performance  of  grade  12  learners. International Journal of Studies in Psychology, 4(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.38140/ijspsy.v4i1.1029