Cognitive behaviour therapy for violent men with antisocial personality disorder in the community: an exploratory randomised controlled trial

K. M. Davidson, P. Tyrer, P. Tata, David J. Cooke, A. Gumley, I. Ford, A. Walker, V. Bezlyak

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Little information exists on treatment effectiveness in antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). We
investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of carrying out a randomized controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in men with ASPD who were aggressive. This was an exploratory two-centre, randomized controlled trial in a community setting. Fifty-two adult men with a diagnosis of ASPD, with acts of aggression in the 6 months prior to the study, were randomized to either
treatment as usual (TAU) plus CBT, or usual treatment alone. Change over 12 months of follow-up was assessed in the occurrence of any act of aggression and also in terms of alcohol misuse, mental state, beliefs and social functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-577
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009



  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • personality disorder
  • violence

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