Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Multiculturalism: An Integrated Treatment Package for Adolescent Populations
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Fernand Lubuguin, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Nikki Kraslin, Psy.D.
Second Committee Member
Olga Vera-NeSmith, Ph.D.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT, Multicultural Education
The efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a treatment modality for Borderline Personality Disorder is "well established'' (Linehan, 2003; Chambless & Hollon, t 998). tn recent years, DBT has been adapted for a multitude of disorders, populations and settings. Additional empirically validated studies reveal that multicultural infused treatment yields significantly improved therapy outcomes (Griner & Smith, 2006; Yutrzenka, 1995; Salzman & D' Andrea, 2001; Want, Parham, & Baker, 2004). Moreover, a growing body of work suggests that ethnic identity development is an integral part of adolescent development, and that adolescents who receive multicultural training tend to achieve healthier ethnic identity development and score higher on assessments of psychological well-being. Taken together, culturally informed DBT infused with multicultural education is expected to improve treatment outcomes for all adolescent populations. Treatment recommendations and applied clinical examples are provided for incorporating multiculturalism in DBT.
Casler, Casey M., "Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Multiculturalism: An Integrated Treatment Package for Adolescent Populations" (2009). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 251.