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Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
University of Iowa Identifier:
First received: February 25, 2003
Last updated: July 25, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
This study will expose patients to either a Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) or treatment as usual (TAU) to determine the more effective therapy for treating borderline personality disorder.

Condition Intervention
Borderline Personality Disorder
Behavioral: Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Cognitive Group Treatment for Borderline Outpatients

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Further study details as provided by University of Iowa:

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: July 2002
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Detailed Description:
Participants are randomly assigned to receive either Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) or treatment as usual (TAU) for 20 weeks. STEPPS is a new cognitive behavioral treatment which involves skills training for emotion management and lifestyle behaviors as well as education for the affected individual's family members, friends, and professional caregivers. Participants are assessed at baseline and Weeks 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Interviews of patient's health care providers and family members and self-rating scales are used to assess patients. Follow-up assessments are made 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after study completion. Participants must live within a reasonable driving distance of Iowa City, IA.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00055315

United States, Iowa
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Iowa
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Black, D.W., Blum, N., Pfohl, B., & St. John, D: The STEPPS Group Treatment Program for Outpatients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 34:193-210, 2004. Identifier: NCT00055315     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063746  DATR A2-AIR 
Study First Received: February 25, 2003
Last Updated: July 25, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Personality Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Mental Disorders processed this record on February 24, 2017