DBT and MBT for individuals with or without Borderline personality disorder, respectively

To investigate the evidence for the use of DBT and MBT to individuals without BPD, and compare that to the evidence for the use of the interventions to individuals with BPD, as well as to investigate the evidence for the interventions without an individual component.

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Planned to be published: Quarter 2, 2024 Registration no: SBU 2023/86


Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) and Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) were initially designed and used for Borderline personality disorder (BPD) but are now, at least to some extent, also used to individuals without BPD but who for other reasons display self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, etc. Furthermore, DBT and MBT were initially designed containing an individual component and a group component. However, there are examples of use in Sweden where the individual component is left out of therapy due to economical reasons, or du to the patient having mild to moderate symtoms where a smaller intervention is thought to be sufficient.



Project group


  • Hanna Sahlin, Director of Studies for Education of Psychotherapists, Karolinska Institutet
  • Pia Enebrink, Head of department, Dep. of Psychology, Karolinska Institutet

From SBU

  • Jonatan Alvan, Project Manager
  • Mikael Nilsson, Assistant Project Manager
  • Maja Kärrman Fredriksson, Information Specialist
  • Emma Wernersson, Project Administrator
  • Jonas Bergström, Head of Department
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