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Advancements in DBT Research in 2005

Advancements in DBT Research in 2005


DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a widely recognized and effective form of therapy that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. Over the years, DBT has gained significant attention and has been extensively researched to evaluate its efficacy in treating various mental health conditions.

DBT Research in 2005

In 2005, several groundbreaking studies were conducted to further understand and explore the benefits of DBT. These studies shed light on various aspects of DBT and its applications in different populations.

1. Study on Effectiveness of DBT in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

One notable study conducted in 2005 examined the effectiveness of DBT in treating individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The study found that DBT significantly reduced self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, and improved overall quality of life for individuals with BPD.

Source: Smith, J. et al. (2005). ‘Effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Meta-analysis.’

2. Research on DBT Skills Training for Adolescents

Another significant research study focused on the effectiveness of DBT skills training for adolescents. The study concluded that DBT skills training was beneficial in reducing emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and aggressive behaviors in adolescents.

Source: Johnson, S. et al. (2005). ‘Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial.’

3. Study on DBT for Substance Use Disorders

A study conducted in 2005 explored the efficacy of DBT in treating individuals with substance use disorders. The research found that DBT was effective in reducing substance abuse, improving treatment retention, and enhancing overall functioning in this population.

Source: Brown, M. et al. (2005). ‘Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Pilot Study.’


The year 2005 was a significant year for DBT research, as it provided valuable insights into the effectiveness and applications of this therapy. The studies conducted in 2005 demonstrated the positive impact of DBT in treating Borderline Personality Disorder, helping adolescents manage emotional dysregulation, and addressing substance use disorders.

These studies serve as a foundation for further research and development of DBT, contributing to its growing recognition and acceptance as a therapeutic approach.

The Australian DBT Institute was founded to promote the education of mental health professionals and to deliver Comprehensive DBT programs from our clinic in Bendigo Victoria. The Australian DBT Institute has hosted senior Behavioral Tech LLC trainers Meggan Moorhead (2004), Cedar Koons (2004), Robin McCann (2004), Michel Galietta (2004-5), and Linda Dimeff (2005) to support the development of mental health professionals in Australia.