Effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Treating Eating Disorders

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  • A. Stephen Lenz,

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    1. Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, The University of Memphis.
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  • Rebecca Taylor,

    1. Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, The University of Memphis.
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  • Molly Fleming,

    1. Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, The University of Memphis.
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  • Nina Serman

    1. Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, The University of Memphis.
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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for treating eating disorder episodes and co-occurring depression symptoms among individuals diagnosed with eating disorders. Separate meta-analytic procedures for between-groups and single-group studies were conducted and yielded large effect sizes, indicating that DBT may be efficacious for decreasing disordered episodes among women diagnosed with eating disorders; medium to large effect sizes were noted for treating depression symptoms. Implications for evidence-supported practice and study limitations are discussed.

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