DBT for Self-Harming Teens with BPD

While dialectical behavior therapy has been shown to be effective for addressing issues of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, and self-harming behavior, most studies have been on adults.

A recent study examined the used of DBT for teens with a history of self harm and borderline personality disorder. The study included 173 adolescents with an average age of 15. The sample was mostly female (95%). All participants had attempted suicided at least once, had committed self harm at least 3 times, and met at least 3 criteria for borderline personality disorder.

After 6 months of treatment, the rate of suicide attempts and self-harm episodes dropped to a third of the previous levels.