Description: This meta-analysis evaluated the effectiveness of DBT for adolescents (DBT-A) in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-injury, and suicide risk. Twelve between-groups studies (N = 834) were chosen that met our inclusion criteria. Results revealed small to medium Hedge’s g effect sizes for all four symptoms compared to control and alternative treatment groups. However, the small number of effect sizes available for each analysis limited the generalizability of our findings. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Examine the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT-A) in reducing diagnostic symptoms.
Explore advantages and strategies for implementing DBT-A in a variety of settings for youth with significant mental health issues.