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20 - Brief Therapeutic Approaches for Personality Disorders

from Part V - Treatment


The last several decades have witnessed the emergence of several efficacious treatments for personality disorders, yet many of these treatments are lengthy and resource-intensive. There is a pressing public health need to identify briefer treatment options for the treatment of personality disorders. The present contribution is a comprehensive review of brief (i.e., less than one-year) psychosocial interventions for personality disorders. The authors' search criteria yielded 66 articles, which they summarize in this chapter. Of note, only a minority of these studies were randomized controlled trials, and nearly half focused on borderline personality disorders. A few brief treatments appear to be efficacious for personality disorders, namely short-term dynamic psychotherapy for Cluster C personality disorders, as well as manual-assisted cognitive therapy, six-month dialectical behavior therapy, and emotion regulation group therapy for borderline personality disorder and/or self-injury. Recommendations for future research in this area are discussed.

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