DBT or CBT Groups for Suicide Attempts?

Depression, borderline personality disorder, and suicide attempts can be addressed in multiple ways. One recent study compared a (condensed) Dialectical Behavior skills group with a Cognitive Behavioral group in a sample of 82 Taiwanese college students with BPD and symptoms of depression.

The result? Both groups were effective at their primary goal of reducing depression and suicide attempts. There were differences, however. The DBT group scored higher on a measure of acceptance and lower on a measure of emotion suppression, reflective of the DBT approach to emotion. The CBT group made progress in reducing cognitive errors, reflecting the CBT approach.

Tanner Oliver