Dialectical behavior therapy: is outpatient group psychotherapy an effective alternative to individual psychotherapy
Comprehensive Psychiatry, 05/14/2012
Gutteling BM et al. – This study is a first attempt in showing that dialectical behavior therapy in an outpatient group setting can be effective in reducing psychiatric complaints and therefore has several advantages, such as the opportunity to treat more patients at once.Methods
- A pre-post design was used to measure the effectiveness of an outpatient group DBT.
- Data from the Beck Depression Inventory II, the Symptom Checklist 90-Revised, the State-Trait Anger Inventory, the State and Trait Anxiety Inventory, of 34 female patients (mean age, 32.65 years) were collected before and after a treatment period of 1 year.
- Overall, a significant reduction (P < .05) of depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and anger was experienced by the patients.