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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Dec;51(12):1304-1313.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2012.09.018.

Mentalization-based treatment for self-harm in adolescents: a randomized controlled trial.

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North East London National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust, London, UK. trudie.rossouw@nelft.nhs.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined whether mentalization-based treatment for adolescents (MBT-A) is more effective than treatment as usual (TAU) for adolescents who self-harm.

METHOD:

A total of 80 adolescents (85% female) consecutively presenting to mental health services with self-harm and comorbid depression were randomly allocated to either MBT-A or TAU. Adolescents were assessed for self-harm, risk-taking and mood at baseline and at 3-monthly intervals until 12 months. Their attachment style, mentalization ability and borderline personality disorder (BPD) features were also assessed at baseline and at the end of the 12-month treatment.

RESULTS:

MBT-A was more effective than TAU in reducing self-harm and depression. This superiority was explained by improved mentalization and reduced attachment avoidance and reflected improvement in emergent BPD symptoms and traits.

CONCLUSIONS:

MBT-A may be an effective intervention to reduce self-harm in adolescents.

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PMID:
23200287
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaac.2012.09.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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