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Dialectic behaviour therapy reduces suicide attempts compared with non-behavioural psychotherapy in women with borderline personality disorder

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Q Is dialectical behaviour therapy more effective than non-behavioural psychotherapy in preventing suicidal and self-harming behaviour in women with borderline personality disorder?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Single blind (assessors blinded).

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Two years (1 year treatment plus 1 year post-treatment follow up).

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Outpatient clinics and community practices, USA; time period not stated.

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101 women aged 18–45 years, with DSM-IV borderline personality disorder, and with current or previous suicidal or self-harming behaviour (two episodes within last 5 years, with one in last 8 weeks). Exclusions: …

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  • For correspondence: Marsha Linehan, PhD, Behavioral and Therapy Clinics, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Campus Box 351525, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA; linehan{at}

  • Source of funding: National Institute of Mental Health.

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