This study will expose patients to either a Systems Training for Emotional Predictability
and Problem Solving (STEPPS) or treatment as usual (TAU) to determine the more effective
therapy for treating borderline personality disorder.
Participants are randomly assigned to receive either Systems Training for Emotional
Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) or treatment as usual (TAU) for 20 weeks. STEPPS
is a new cognitive behavioral treatment which involves skills training for emotion
management and lifestyle behaviors as well as education for the affected individual's family
members, friends, and professional caregivers. Participants are assessed at baseline and
Weeks 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Interviews of patient's health care providers and family members
and self-rating scales are used to assess patients. Follow-up assessments are made 1, 3, 6,
9, and 12 months after study completion. Participants must live within a reasonable driving
distance of Iowa City, IA.
- Borderline Personality Disorder