Group therapy for emotional dysregulation

treatment for adolescents and their parents

Duncan Gill*, Wayne Warburton, Di Simes, Naomi Sweller

*Corresponding author for this work

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A dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) group has been conducted for a number of years at a public outpatient clinic for adolescents suffering with emotional regulation difficulties and their families. A detailed account of the rationale, design, and content of both the adolescent and parent groups are provided. Data from these groups adds to the limited evidence regarding the efficacy of such groups. A retrospective analysis of changes in the adolescent participants’ emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety and stress, following their participation in the group (N = 12) was conducted. Several substantial improvements were noted across the measures of psychopathology, following the completion of the group. These findings support the teaching of DBT skills to adolescents and their families, with some modifications being appropriate for their application to this population. Future avenues for research stemming from the group program are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169–180
Number of pages12
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • DBT
  • adolescent
  • emotional dysregulation
  • group therapy

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