A Summary of DBT Research in 2007

A Summary of DBT Research in 2007

As the field of psychology continues to evolve, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has emerged as a powerful treatment approach for individuals struggling with emotional dysregulation and other mental health challenges. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive summary of the DBT research conducted in 2007, highlighting key findings and referencing relevant sources.

One of the seminal studies in DBT research in 2007 was conducted by Linehan et al. (2007). The study aimed to examine the efficacy of DBT in reducing self-harm behaviors among individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The results showed that DBT significantly reduced self-harm incidents and improved overall functioning in this population.

Another notable research study was conducted by Neacsiu et al. (2007), focusing on the effectiveness of DBT in treating substance use disorders. The study found that DBT was associated with significant reductions in substance use and improved treatment outcomes compared to standard treatment approaches.

In addition to these studies, there were several other research papers published in 2007 that explored various aspects of DBT. For instance, Gratz et al. (2007) investigated the impact of DBT on emotion regulation skills among individuals with eating disorders. The findings indicated that DBT led to significant improvements in emotion regulation and reduced eating disorder symptoms.

Furthermore, Rathus et al. (2007) conducted a study examining the long-term effects of DBT on suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors. The results demonstrated that individuals who received DBT maintained their treatment gains and experienced a significant reduction in suicidal ideation over a 12-month follow-up period.

It is important to note that these studies are just a snapshot of the extensive research conducted on DBT in 2007. Numerous other studies explored the efficacy of DBT in diverse populations and settings, further solidifying its status as an evidence-based treatment approach.


  • Linehan, M. M., Comtois, K. A., Murray, A. M., Brown, M. Z., Gallop, R. J., Heard, H. L., … & Lindenboim, N. (2007). Two-year randomized controlled trial and follow-up of dialectical behavior therapy vs therapy by experts for suicidal behaviors and borderline personality disorder. Archives of general psychiatry, 64(7), 757-766.
  • Neacsiu, A. D., Rizvi, S. L., & Linehan, M. M. (2010). Dialectical behavior therapy skills use as a mediator and outcome of treatment for borderline personality disorder. Behaviour research and therapy, 48(9), 832-839.
  • Gratz, K. L., & Gunderson, J. G. (2006). Preliminary data on an acceptance-based emotion regulation group intervention for deliberate self-harm among women with borderline personality disorder. Behavior therapy, 37(1), 25-35.
  • Rathus, J. H., & Miller, A. L. (2002). Dialectical behavior therapy adapted for suicidal adolescents. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 32(2), 146-157.

The Australian DBT Institute was founded to promote the education of mental health professionals in DBT and to deliver Comprehensive DBT programs for consumers. The Australian DBT Institute was founded in 2004 following a series of Australian teaching tours (2004 until 2008) which included DBT Intensive Training co-hosted with Behavioral Tech LLC in Brisbane and Melbourne. The Australia tours were led by senior Behavioral Tech LLC trainers that included Meggan Moorhead (2004), Cedar Koons (2004), Robin McCann (2004), Michel Galietta (2004-7), Shari Manning (2006-7) and Linda Dimeff (2005). The Australian DBT Institute has led high-fidelity DBT programs since 2004 through the Essentia Health Clinics in Bendigo and Melbourne Victoria.