Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Veterans-Mental health, Veterans-Suicidal behavior, Dialectical behavior therapy, High risk suicide, Veterans, DBT, Treatment efficacy, Predicting treatment success
Numerous studies have shown that veterans are at higher risk for suicide compared to the U.S. general population. Despite significant effort, awareness amongst clinicians and policymakers, these rates continue to increase. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy has shown great success in treating suicidality and emotional dysregulation due to mental illness such as Borderline Personality Disorder, yet has never been studied in the veteran population. The initial study found that veterans responded equally to DBT and TAU. This study looked at what clinical and demographic characteristics could predict DBT treatment success. Veterans who identified as women, with higher education, and more suicide attempts predictively found that DBT reduced their anxiety, and veterans who experienced greater combat exposure saw a greater reduction in depression symptoms post DBT.
Stich, Courtney, "Predicting dialectic behavioral treatment outcomes in veterans at high risk for suicide" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.