Effectiveness of DBT in outpatient community mental health setting

Cheryl L. Puerling (2000)

Borderline Personality Disorder is a widespread diagnosis whose cost is high both in regard to quality of life and service use. This retrospective study looked at whether or not Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was effective in reducing service use, reducing problematic behaviors, and improving overall functioning. The study was conducted using 29 subjects from an outpatient community mental health center. Information about hospitalizations, respite services, level of functioning, and incidents of target behaviors was collected from archival records and diary cards and was compared at specific time points. Repeated-measures ANOVAs revealed a significant rise in skill usage over time but failed to show statistically significant changes in other variables. Clinically significant trends are discussed along with suggestions for future research.