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dialectical behaviour therapy


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A form of cognitive behaviour therapy specially designed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder and sometimes used to treat other personality disorders, its paramount aim being to reduce parasuicidal and other life-threatening behaviour. During weekly individual and group therapy sessions, and between sessions via telephone contact, the therapist reinforces adaptive behaviour, teaching the patient how to manage emotional traumas. The therapy was introduced in an article by the US psychologist Marsha M. Linehan (born 1943) and several colleagues in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1991. US dialectical behavior therapy. DBT abbrev. [From Greek dialektikos pertaining to argument, from dia between + legein to speak + -ikos of, relating to, or resembling]

Subjects: Psychology.


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