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J Clin Psychol. 2015 Jan;71(1):1-20. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22114. Epub 2014 Jul 14.

The use of dialectical behavior therapy skills training as stand-alone treatment: a systematic review of the treatment outcome literature.

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Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Suffolk University.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training is currently being administered as stand-alone treatment across a variety of clinical settings, serving diverse client populations. However, there is little empirical support for this use.

METHOD:

In this systematic review, we identified 17 trials employing a treatment that included DBT skills training in the absence of the other DBT modalities.

RESULTS:

While the literature reviewed provides preliminary evidence of the utility of DBT skills training to address a range of mental health and behavioral problems, methodological limitations of published studies preclude us from drawing strong conclusions about the efficacy of skills training as a stand-alone treatment.

CONCLUSION:

We present an overview of the implementation of DBT skills training across clinical settings and populations. We found preliminary evidence supporting the use of DBT skills training as a method of addressing a range of behaviors. We provide recommendations for future research.

KEYWORDS:

DBT; dialectical behavior therapy; review; skills training

PMID:
25042066
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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