Dialectical behavior therapy in the treatment of abusive behavior

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Research suggests that a subset of men who abuse their partners have characteristics associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has shown promise as a treatment for BPD, and thus may be useful for these men. This paper describes how DBT principles might be applied to address the problem of partner abuse, including discussion of why one might expect DBT to be a helpful treatment model for this population, and how implementation of the model might be designed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-103
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Domestic violence
  • Partner abuse


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