Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Gender

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive psychotherapy that was initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) and related suicidal behaviors. With more than a dozen randomized controlled trials investigating its efficacy, DBT is considered an evidence-based, empirically supported treatment for BPD, suicidality, and intentional self-injury. Among current therapies developed to treat BPD and related behaviors, DBT is the most widely studied in clinical trials and most widely utilized by clinicians. The purpose of this entry is to examine DBT in relation to gender. To do so, the entry will first review the diagnostic criteria for BPD and explore the prevalence of BPD across genders in community versus clinical populations. Next, it will provide a brief overview of DBT principles and components, examine ...

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