Dialectical behaviour therapy for suicidal individual

Barbara Stanley and Beth S Brodsky

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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Dialectical behaviour therapy for suicidal individual

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Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is an outpatient, cognitive behavioural treatment shown to reduce self-injury and suicidal behaviour in individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). In this chapter, we review the basic principles of the DBT approach to the treatment of suicidal individuals, and the status of DBT treatment and research from an international perspective. The diagnostic criteria for BPD (developed and validated in the US) have been found to be applicable to and prevalent among various populations worldwide. The efficacy of DBT in reducing suicidal behaviour in individuals with BPD has led to its widespread adaptation in clinical settings all over the world. International clinical research teams are conducting randomized clinical trials to further test DBT’s efficacy in reducing suicidal behaviour and associated symptomatology in borderline populations.

Chapter.  4236 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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