The Effect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy On the Self-harming and Suicidal Behaviors Associated With Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder that greatly affects both personal and vocational relationships. The behaviors associated with BPD are often wearing on relationships and difficult to treat. Two of the most common problems associated with this disorder are self-harming and suicidal behaviors. This thesis gives a brief description of BPD, the behaviors associated with it and the Adlerian View of the behaviors of the BPD person. The common treatment approaches will be described as well as what research has found regarding the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) on the self-harming and suicidal behaviors. The limitations of those studies and implications for further research in this area will also be addressed.

Rita E. Rohde
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