Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Eunice Y. Chen and Debra Safer

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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This chapter provides a description and reviews the research evidence for the adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders (EDs). First, the chapter briefly describes the standard DBT program as originally developed for women with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Second, the rationale for the adaptation of DBT for EDs is reviewed. Third, the DBT model of maintenance and etiology of EDs is discussed. Fourth, the randomized controlled trial evidence for DBT for BPD is reviewed as well as that for DBT for EDs. Finally, the DBT program for EDs is outlined. It is concluded that DBT is a promising treatment for EDs, worthy of further investigation with this population.

Keywords: borderline personality disorder; dialectical behavior therapy; eating disorders; trials

Article.  10034 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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