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Treatment of Aggression, Anger and Emotional Dysregulation in Borderline Personality Disorder

This study has been completed.
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VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: April 25, 2007
Last updated: August 20, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
Results First Received: November 24, 2014  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Open Label;   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition: Borderline Personality Disorder
Intervention: Behavioral: Dialectical Behavior

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Recruitment Details
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Pre-Assignment Details
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Reporting Groups
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Participants receiving Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Healthy Controls Healthy controls- no intervention

Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy   Healthy Controls
STARTED   11   11 
COMPLETED   11   11 

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Population Description
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Reporting Groups
Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior: Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an empirically validated treatment approach emphasizing the role of emotion regulation in the treatment of suicidal and self-destructive behaviors in BPD

Event-related fMRI was obtained pre- and post-12-months of standard-DBT in unmedicatedBPD patients.

Healthy Controls

Healthy controls

Age and gender matched healthy volunteers

Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
   Dialectical Behavior Therapy   Healthy Controls   Total 
Overall Participants Analyzed 
[Units: Participants]
 11   11   22 
[Units: Participants]
<=18 years   0   0   0 
Between 18 and 65 years   11   11   22 
>=65 years   0   0   0 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 32.8  (11.5)   30.4  (10.4)   31.6  (11) 
[Units: Participants]
Female   9   9   18 
Male   2   2   4 
Region of Enrollment 
[Units: Participants]
United States   11   11   22 

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1.  Primary:   Self-Report of Difficulties in Emotion Regulation (DERS)   [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

2.  Secondary:   Group x Time Interaction Amygdala Activity   [ Time Frame: Baseline and 12 months ]

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Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
Small community sample. Additionally, our emotional task was a “passive viewing task” which means that we did not examine “active” emotion regulation, per se which might be considered a study limitation by some. No comparison treatment group.

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Certain Agreements:  
All Principal Investigators ARE employed by the organization sponsoring the study.

Results Point of Contact:  
Name/Title: Marianne Goodman, MD
Organization: James J Peters VAMC
phone: 718-584-9000 ext 5188

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Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00467038     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDA-2-038-06F
Study First Received: April 25, 2007
Results First Received: November 24, 2014
Last Updated: August 20, 2015