SAD: The effect of dialectical behaviour therapy in autism spectrum patients with suicidality and/or self destructive behaviour (WC 2017-030)


Starting date: 01/09/2018

Many patients with ASD are treated in long-term specialized care, and suicidal behavior is an issue that troubles patients, families and specialists in the field and is difficult to treat. At this moment, there is no documented effective therapy for suicidal behavior in ASD. Yet, there are promising clinical trials conducted with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in the participating institutes. DBT is the most empirically validated treatment program for chronically impulsive suicidal and/or self-harm behavior in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder [1]. This study will evaluate the efficacy of DBT in patients with an ASD and suicidal behaviour in a randomized controlled clinical trial in mental health services.