DBT-terapeuter och deras arbete med behandling av unga patienter med ett självskadebeteende

Translated title of the thesis: DBT-therapists and their work with treatment of young patients with a self-harm behavior
  • Diana Slavkovic

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Self- harm behavior is a serious problem that occurs today. In recent years care providers in the health-care have noticed an increase of this problem that leads to physical and mental health- problems. These health- problems can occur, for example, in the form of depression, physical harms and can lead to suicide in worst case. A form of therapy that has been shown to give good results to manage this behavior is DBT, dialectical behavior therapy. Aim: To investigate whether DBT- therapist’s description of their work with dialectical behavior therapy is consistent with the literature’s description of the treatment, and thereby achieve a deepening in dialectical behavior therapy and self- harm behavior. Method: A qualitative research with six semi-structured interviews with DBT- therapists have been implemented. The analysis has been done using a qualitative content analysis. Results: The result has been divided into two main categories: working- method and therapist’s and other care provider’s treatment of patients. It appears in the result how a DBT- treatment looks like, step- by step, and the importance of a good treatment of patients. A good treatment includes a respectful and non- judgemental attitude. Conclusion: The results in the study confirms the results from the recent research. However, more research on DBT as a treatment is necessary, in order to make stronger and more reliable conclusions. People’s health can be improved by working with treatment of self- harm behavior, which also can lead to a reduction in the number of suicide and mental illness. 

    Date of Award2016-Nov-16
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorOscar Andersson (Supervisor) & Åsa Bringsén (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


    • self-harm behavior
    • dbt
    • treatment
    • health care
    • mental illness
    • interviews
    • biosocial theory

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