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Keywords:

  • Adolescent;
  • dialectical behaviour therapy;
  • deliberate self-harm

A study of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for 16 older female adolescents with persistent and severe deliberate self-harm was undertaken. Independent assessments were carried out pre- and post-treatment, and at eight months follow-up. On average subjects completed more than 78% of sessions. There was a marked reduction in self reported depression (F = 12.8, df = 2, p < .001); hopelessness (F = 15.9, df = 2, p < .001); episodes of deliberate self-harm (F = 23.9, df = 2, p < .001); alongside an increase in general functioning (F = 22.9, df = 2, p < .001).