ERIC Number: EJ883403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Staying in the Here-and-Now: A Pilot Study on the Use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Group Skills Training for Forensic Clients with Intellectual Disability
Sakdalan, J. A.; Shaw, J.; Collier, V.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v54 n6 p568-572 Jun 2010
Background: Dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT) has been widely used with individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder who exhibit severe emotional and behavioural dysregulation. There is a paucity of research in assessing the effectiveness of DBT with forensic clients with intellectual disability (ID). Methods: This pilot study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the DBT group skills training programme adapted particularly for offenders with ID. Six participants completed the 13-week adapted DBT group skills training programme. All participants exhibited challenging behaviours and have a history of prior charges or convictions for violent crimes. The study conducted pre- and post-tests using instruments that measured dynamic risks, relative strengths, coping skills and global functioning. Results: The study result showed improvement across all measures. A decrease in the level of risks, increase in relative strengths and general improvement in overall functioning were found significant. The results were promising particularly as a stand-alone adapted DBT group skills training programme for this client group.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Mental Retardation, Personality Problems, Mental Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, Criminals, Risk, Coping, Program Effectiveness, Group Instruction, Group Therapy, Pretests Posttests
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