Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993a), a manualized treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was developed before the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - 4th Ed. (DSM-IV, APA, 1994) added dissociative symptoms to the diagnostic criterion for BPD. Hence, the manual (1993b) did not properly address the assessment and treatment of dissociation, a necessity being mandated by the American Psychiatric Association (Oldham et al., 2001) in their treatment guidelines for BPD. Recent studies (Bohus, et al. 2000; Koons et al. 2001) confirm this hypothesis and have shown that DBT is effective with lower levels of dissociation but does not address more pathological levels of dissociation. Suggestions will be made in this project that would augment the DBT treatment model for BPD to include assessment, interventions, and supplemental considerations in targeting dissociation at all levels experienced by those diagnosed with BPD.
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Borderline Personality Disorder; Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Therapy; Dissociative Disorders.
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Keres, René, "The Addition of a Dissociation Module to Dialectical Behavior Therapy" (2004). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1705.
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