Advancements in DBT Research in 2015

Advancements in DBT Research in 2015


2015 was a significant year for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) research. Numerous studies were conducted to explore the effectiveness of DBT in various populations and settings. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive summary of the key findings and advancements in DBT research during that year.

Research Study 1: Effectiveness of DBT in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

In a randomized controlled trial conducted by Linehan et al. (2015), it was found that DBT significantly reduced self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation in individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The study also highlighted the importance of skills training and individual therapy components of DBT in achieving positive outcomes.

Research Study 2: DBT for Substance Use Disorders

A study by Harned et al. (2015) investigated the efficacy of DBT in treating individuals with co-occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. The findings showed that DBT reduced substance use and improved emotion regulation skills among participants, suggesting the potential of DBT as an effective treatment for this population.

Research Study 3: DBT in Schools

DBT was also explored as an intervention in educational settings. A study by Scharf et al. (2015) examined the effectiveness of a modified DBT program in reducing emotional and behavioral difficulties among adolescents in a school setting. The results indicated significant improvements in emotional regulation and social functioning, highlighting the potential of DBT as a preventive measure for mental health issues among students.

Research Study 4: DBT for Eating Disorders

DBT has shown promise in the treatment of eating disorders. A study by Chen et al. (2015) focused on the effectiveness of DBT in reducing binge eating behaviors and improving overall eating disorder symptoms. The findings suggested that DBT can be an effective adjunctive treatment for individuals with eating disorders, particularly those with high emotion dysregulation.


Overall, the research conducted in 2015 provided valuable insights into the effectiveness of DBT in various populations and settings. The studies highlighted the positive outcomes of DBT in treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, and eating disorders. Additionally, DBT was found to be beneficial in school settings, emphasizing its potential as a preventive measure for mental health issues among adolescents. These advancements in DBT research contribute to the growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of this therapeutic approach.

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