Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training to Improve Turkish College Students’ Psychological Well-Being: A Pilot Feasibility Study

  • A. Meltem Üstündağ-BudakEmail author
  • Ezgi Özeke-Kocabaş
  • André Ivanoff


The primary objective of this pilot study was to consider the feasibility of whether Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills training could improve Turkish college students’ psychological well-being by equipping them with effective skills. The study examined the use of DBT skills training with sophomore and junior Turkish college students self-identifying with adjustment-related issues (settling and transition). Participants attended an initial 8-week skills program combined with 12-weeks follow-up training. Students’ depression, anxiety and stress scores all improved after both the initial and follow-up training compared to initial scores. This preliminary evidence suggests potential feasibility for using DBT skills training in college settings.


DBT skills training College students Well-being Mental health Follow-up Turkey 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical standards were adhered to and informed consent was obtained from all participants to take part in the study. Participants were free to withdraw from the study at any time.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Department of PsychologyBahçeşehir UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.The Department of Educational SciencesMimar Sinan Fine Arts UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Columbia University in the city of New York & Linehan InstituteSeattleUSA

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