Dialectical Behavior Therapy

S. L. Rizvi, M. C. Thomas

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, multimodal, cognitive-behavioral treatment developed as a treatment for chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT has since been adapted to address a variety of problematic behaviors broadly associated with emotion dysregulation. A principle-based treatment, DBT has a philosophical foundation grounded in behavioral science, dialectics, and mindfulness Zen practice. Core components of DBT are described here, including the biosocial theory of BPD and other psychopathology, treatment principles derived from the three philosophical foundations, an organizing framework for stages of treatment that prioritizes treatment targets within each stage, and clearly defined treatment functions that are served by specific modes of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Behavior therapy
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Dialectics
  • Emotion regulation
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Validation


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