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ERIC Number: EJ880555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Description, Research and Future Directions
Swales, Michaela A.
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v5 n2 p164-177 2009
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment initially developed for adult women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and a history of chronic suicidal behaviour (Linehan, 1993a; 1993b). DBT was the first treatment for BPD to demonstrate its efficacy in a randomised controlled trial (Linehan , Armstrong, Suarez, Allmon & Heard, 1991). Adaptations of the treatment (Dimeff & Koerner, 2007) and further randomised trials followed this initial study. This paper provides an overview of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of DBT and how these inform the major treatment strategies. Next, structural aspects of the treatment are described, and how the treatment structure allows for the adaptation of the treatment to different clinical settings. Finally, the paper reviews research evidence for the efficacy and effectiveness of the treatment and considers future research directions. (Contains 1 table.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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