Dialectical Behavior Therapy of Borderline and Other Personality Disorders

Thomas R. Lynch and Prudence F. Cuper

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735013
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy of Borderline and Other Personality Disorders

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that draws on principles from Zen practice, dialectical philosophy, and behavioral science, and it is based on a biosocial model of borderline personality disorder. The treatment has four components—individual therapy, group skills training, telephone coaching, and therapist consultation team—and it progresses through four stages, depending on the client’s level of disorder. In the current chapter, we expand on the theory behind the treatment and the treatment structure, as well as present evidence for the efficacy of DBT from several randomized controlled trials. We also discuss implications for the use of DBT for multidiagnostic patients—including a review of a new adaptation of DBT for emotionally constricted and overcontrolled disorders.

Keywords: borderline personality disorder; treatment; cognitive-behavioral therapy; dialectical behavior therapy; Zen Buddhism

Article.  5593 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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