Title

Group Exposure Therapy Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Female Veterans

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Keywords

Group exposure therapy model, Post-traumatic stress disorder

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00186

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the application of a group exposure therapy model, the content of which consisted solely of repeated imaginal exposure during sessions, in a clinical sample of female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Establishing group delivery of exposure therapy will expand options, increase efficiency, and introduce group curative factors. Methods: Eighty-eight female veterans with PTSD completed a six-session exposure group, three participants per group, as a component of a larger treatment program. The PTSD symptom checklist (PCL) was used as the outcome measure and administered in each session. Results: Pre/post-paired t-tests showed significant improvement in PTSD on the PCL, with 40% of completers showing at least a 10-point drop in the PCL scores. In addition, a repeated measures analysis of variance showed a significant main effect and a significant quadratic equation, with expected initial increases in the PCL followed by a decrease below baseline at session 6. Conclusions: The group exposure treatment protocol showed positive outcomes on PTSD symptoms in a real-world clinical sample of female veterans. The implications include an expansion of exposure treatment choices for veterans with PTSD and increased options for therapists.

Comments

Military Medicine, V. 177, Issue 12, P.1486-1491.

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