Treatment outcomes of dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents presenting with characteristics of borderline personality disorder: A naturalistic study

Rebecca van der Hout, Fleur Barnasconi, Janet Noorloos, Rosanne de Bruin, Kim van Slobbe-Maijer, Jeroen Legerstee, Frans Oort, Elisabeth Utens*

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Abstract

This naturalistic study investigated treatment outcomes of Dutch dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents (DDBT-A) in a sample of 93 adolescents (95.4% female, mean age = 16.20 years) presenting with borderline characteristics, treated at Levvel (a Dutch mental health institution). From baseline to posttreatment significant decreases were found on severity of the borderline symptoms, passive coping style, internalizing and externalizing behavioural problems, and a significant increase on self-worth. Overall, three different therapy formats (outpatient, part-time therapy, and day therapy) showed similar improvements at posttreatment. Concluding, DDBT-A seems promising in reducing borderline related symptoms for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-720
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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