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Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease:
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31827f6435
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Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) Group Treatment for Offenders With Borderline Personality Disorder

Black, Donald W. MD*†; Blum, Nancee MSW*†; McCormick, Brett MS*; Allen, Jeff PhD*

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Abstract

Abstract: Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) is a manual-based group treatment of persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). We report results from a study of offenders supervised by the Iowa Department of Corrections. Seventy-seven offenders participated in STEPPS groups. The offenders experienced clinically significant improvement in BPD-related symptoms (d = 1.30), mood, and negative affectivity. Suicidal behaviors and disciplinary infractions were reduced. Baseline severity was inversely associated with improvement. The offenders indicated satisfaction with STEPPS. We conclude that STEPPS can be successfully integrated into the care of offenders with BPD in prison and community corrections settings.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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