Examining changes in personality disorder and symptomology in an adolescent sample receiving intensive mentalization based treatment: A pilot study

Kirsten Hauber*, Albert Eduard Boon, Robert Vermeiren

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Objective: To examine changes in personality disorders and symptomology and the relation between personality disorder variables and treatment outcomes in an adolescent sample during partial residential mentalization based treatment. Methods: In a sample of 62 (out of 115) adolescents treated for personality disorders, assessment was done pre- and post-treatment using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM personality disorders and the Symptom Check List 90. Results: Significant reductions in personality disorder traits (t = 8.36, p = .000) and symptoms (t = 5.95, p = .000) were found. During pre-treatment, 91.8% (n = 56) of the patients had one or more personality disorders, compared to 35.4% (n = 22) at post-treatment. Symptom reduction was not related to pre-treatment personality disorder variables. Conclusion: During intensive psychotherapy, personality disorders and symptoms may diminish. Future studies should evaluate whether the outcomes obtained are the result of the treatment given or other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2017

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