National Personality Disorder
Development Programme



Do Therapeutic Communities work?

Generally personality problems have been considered one of the hardest set of problems to help with, and there is a lack of research  in the area. Most interventions that have been tested have failed to show an appreciable or lasting effect.

There are a number of cost offset studies of Therapeutic communities around, all of which demonstrate a large decrease in use of services (seeing GPs, Psychiatrists, being admitted to psychiatric hospitals, use of psychiatric medication).

Summary of cost offset studies of therapeutic communities

For a large scale review of the evidence for the effectiveness of therapeutic communities, follow the link below (this leads to a document on an external site). This document is not very easy to follow; try scrolling down to Discussion and research recommendations.


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