Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents at Rutgers University

  • End date
    Nov 18, 2028
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Updated on 4 March 2022


This project expands our existing psychological services clinic (the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University; DBT-RU) to include an adolescent treatment arm. Adolescents aged 13-20 and at least one caregiver will be recruited to participate in a six-month treatment study. Adolescents will be eligible to participate if they meet at least 3 criteria for borderline personality disorder, with one of those criteria being either impulsive behavior or recurrent self-harm behavior. Participants will be assessed at baseline, three-months (mid-treatment), six-months (post-treatment, and three-month follow-up.

Condition Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence
Treatment DBT-A
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03861858
SponsorRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Last Modified on4 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 13-17 years or 18-20 if still living at home with parent
Agreement of at least one responsible adult parent/caregiver to participate in treatment
Agreement to take part in assessments, videotaping/audiotaping and coding of their sessions by research personnel
Agreement to pay for mental health services at the DBT- RU on a sliding scale, and to participate in research assessments as volunteers
Residence within commuting distance of clinic (< 45 minutes)
Agreement to discontinue other forms of talk therapy for duration of DBT program (does not refer to AA/NA programs or psychotropic medication management)
Exhibits dysregulation within the past six months as evidenced by 1) intentional self-injury and/or suicide attempt and/or 2) substance use disorder
Meets two additional criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Exclusion Criteria

Clients who need mental health services not available at the DBT- RU, such as treatment for schizophrenia or life-threatening anorexia, or who are currently obtaining optimum professional treatment that should not be ended
Non-English speaking
IQ < 70\
Unable to understand research consent forms
Court-ordered to participate in treatment
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