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Clinical Trials Update
August 28, 2018

Behavior Therapy May Help Prevent Teen Suicide

JAMA. 2018;320(8):749. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12044

A form of behavioral therapy that helps patients control their emotions and tolerate distress may prevent adolescents who are at high risk of suicide from harming themselves or attempting suicide again.

In a JAMA Psychiatrystudy, 173 youths who had attempted suicide were randomly assigned to participate in either dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) or in individual and group therapy. Both groups had weekly individual and group psychotherapy as needed.