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Eat Disord. 2012;20(3):196-215. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.668478.

A systematic review of dialectical behavior therapy for the treatment of eating disorders.

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Department of Psychology, Suffolk University, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA. smbankoff@suffolk.edu

Abstract

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has been proposed as an effective treatment for eating disorders (EDs). We conducted a systematic literature review to locate refereed journal articles testing DBT for the treatment of EDs. We identified 13 studies empirically evaluating treatment efficacy across various settings. Findings, based on mostly uncontrolled trials, indicate that DBT treatments appear effective in addressing ED behaviors and other forms of psychopathology in ED samples. The expectation that improvements in emotion regulation capabilities drive reductions in ED pathology was not fully supported. Further research is necessary to confirm the efficacy of modified DBT treatments for EDs.

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22519897
DOI:
10.1080/10640266.2012.668478
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