Clinical Trial Details

A Dismantling Study of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills: Investigating the Effectiveness of Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Groups

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Trial Information

Broad Health Condition Mental Health

Specific Health ConditionPsychosis and personality disorders

Trial FocusTreatment

Recruitment statusRecruiting

Recruitment Details
Recruitment State

Princess Alexandra Hospital - Woolloongabba
Logan Hospital - Meadowbrook
Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital - Herston
The Prince Charles Hospital - Chermside
Caboolture Hospital - Caboolture

4102 - Woolloongabba
4131 - Meadowbrook
4029 - Herston
4032 - Chermside
4510 - Caboolture

Phase of TrialNot Applicable

Has the study received ethics approval?Further information iconApproved

Trial summary

This dismantling study will examine the effectiveness of the three DBT skills modules -  distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness - on distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal skills, in a sample of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in three adult mental health services in Queensland, Australia. It will further analyse the differential and combined effects of these modules on symptoms of BPD. We hypothesise that patients who participate in the skills modules will show specific improvements in the domains that the skills are designed to address.

Key inclusion criteria

Subjects are clients open to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Logan Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture Hospital, meeting DSM-5 criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (at least 5 out of 9 criteria). Criterion 4 and/or 5 must be met.

Minimum age18 Years

GenderBoth males and females

Can Healthy volunteers participate?No

Key exclusion criteria

Intellectual functioning that would limit understanding elements of treatment (IQ<80)
Currently on an Involuntary Treatment Order
Acute psychosis
Behaviours that endanger the safety or wellbeing of other group members (eg aggression, violence)
Severe substance abuse
Disabling organic conditions that would interfere with engagement in and benefit from the program
Florid antisocial behaviour
Receiving psychotherapy from another source and unwilling to cease
Contact details and further information

Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: University
Primary Sponsor Name: University of Queensland
Primary Sponsor Address: St Lucia QLD 4072
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia

Trial IDACTRN12618001687280


Contact person for information and recruitmentDr
Sarah Swannell
Dr Sarah Swannell DBT Coordinator The Prince Charles Hospital Metro North Mental Health Service 10 Nellie St Nundah QLD 4012
+61 423339152

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