The authors thank the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation for their support.
Mindfulness and modification therapy for behavioral dysregulation: results from a pilot study targeting alcohol use and aggression in women†
Article first published online: 19 SEP 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 1, pages 50–66, January 2012
How to Cite
Wupperman, P., Marlatt, G. A., Cunningham, A., Bowen, S., Berking, M., Mulvihill-Rivera, N. and Easton, C. (2012), Mindfulness and modification therapy for behavioral dysregulation: results from a pilot study targeting alcohol use and aggression in women. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 50–66. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20830
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 19 SEP 2011
- behavior dysregulation;
- emotion regulation
Objectives: Increasing evidence suggests that deficits in mindfulness (awareness, attentiveness, and acceptance of the present moment) play a role in a range of disorders involving behavioral dysregulation. This paper adds to that literature by describing a transdiagnostic psychotherapy (Mindfulness & Modification Therapy; MMT) developed to target behavioral dysregulation. Design: An open-treatment pilot-trial investigated the feasibility, acceptability, and pre-post effects of MMT targeting women (N = 14) court-referred for alcohol abuse/dependence and aggression. Results: Pre-post comparisons revealed significant decreases in alcohol use, drug use, and aggression. In addition, the retention rate was 93%. Conclusion: Preliminary evidence suggests that MMT is a feasible and acceptable treatment that decreases dysregulated behaviors such as substance use and aggression, while also potentially increasing retention. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:1–17, 2011.