Study evaluates effectiveness of systems training for emotion control in 'real world' patients with BPD

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A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics evaluates the effectiveness of systems training for emotion control in "real world" patients with borderline personality disorder.

Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) is a group treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Two prior randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have shown the efficacy of this training. In both RCTs, patients with borderline features who did not meet the DSM-IV criteria for BPD were excluded, which were many.

The Authors of this study investigated the effectiveness of STEPPS in a sample representative of routine clinical practice and examined whether DSM-IV diagnosis and/or baseline severity were related to differential effectiveness. Patients whom their practicing clinician diagnosed with BPD were randomized to STEPPS plus adjunctive individual therapy.

Presence of DSM-IV-diagnosed BPD was not related to differential treatment effectiveness, but dimensional measures of symptom severity were; STEPPS was superior to TAU particularly in patients with higher baseline severity scores. The findings show the effectiveness of STEPPS in a 'real-world' sample, and underscore the importance of dimensional versus categorical measures of personality disturbance.

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Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

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