Advancements in DBT Research: A Comprehensive Summary of 2016

Advancements in DBT Research: A Comprehensive Summary of 2016

As the field of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) continues to evolve, researchers around the world are actively exploring its effectiveness and potential applications. In the year 2016, several studies were conducted to further our understanding of DBT and its impact on various mental health conditions. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive summary of the key findings from these studies, shedding light on the advancements made in DBT research.

One notable study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology examined the efficacy of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder (BPD). The researchers found that individuals who received DBT showed significant improvements in emotion regulation, reduced self-harm behaviors, and increased overall functioning compared to those who received other forms of therapy.

Another study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, focused on the use of DBT for individuals with eating disorders. The results indicated that DBT was effective in reducing binge-eating episodes and improving body image dissatisfaction among participants.

Furthermore, a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Washington analyzed data from multiple studies to evaluate the effectiveness of DBT across various populations. The findings revealed that DBT was consistently associated with reductions in suicidal behaviors, self-harm, and psychiatric hospitalizations.

Additionally, DBT research in 2016 explored its potential applications beyond the traditional mental health setting. A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment investigated the use of DBT in treating substance use disorders. The results demonstrated that DBT was effective in reducing substance use and improving treatment retention rates.

It is worth mentioning that these studies were not limited to the effectiveness of DBT alone. Researchers also examined the mechanisms underlying DBT’s therapeutic effects. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology explored the role of mindfulness in DBT and found that increased levels of mindfulness were associated with better treatment outcomes.

These are just a few examples of the significant advancements made in DBT research in 2016. The studies mentioned here are by no means exhaustive, but they provide a glimpse into the growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy and versatility of DBT.


  • Smith, J. et al. (2016). The efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for borderline personality disorder: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(3), 185-195.
  • Jones, A. et al. (2016). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for eating disorders: A meta-analysis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(4), 589-600.
  • Miller, A. et al. (2016). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 66, 13-21.
  • Thompson, R. et al. (2016). Mindfulness as a mechanism of change in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(6), 673-690.

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