Accession Number : AD1007635


Title :   Demonstrating the Efficacy of Group Prolonged Exposure Treatment of PTSD in OEF/OIF/OND Male Veterans


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Nov 2014,09 Nov 2015


Corporate Author : Biomedical Research Institute of New Mexico Albuquerque United States


Personal Author(s) : C' de Baca,Janet K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1007635.pdf


Report Date : 01 Dec 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 11


Abstract : This study will establish the efficacy of delivering prolonged exposure for the treatment of PTSD in a group format. The study population is male OEF/OIF/OND veterans who will be block randomized in groups of 3 into a 10-week, 90-minute, Prolonged Exposure Group (PEG) or Present-Centered Therapy (PCT) group. The goal of the PEG therapy is to promote emotional processing of the trauma memory and desensitize anxiety reactions to trauma memories, so that memories or situations no longer result in anxious arousal to trauma followed by escape or avoidance behaviors. PCT is a non-trauma focused treatment for PTSD, where the mechanisms of change include altering current maladaptive relational patterns and behaviors, providing psycho-education regarding the relationship between trauma and current relational patterns and behaviors, and teaching the use of problem solving strategies to address present life problems. Hypothesis 1. The Prolonged Exposure Group treatment will significantly lower PTSD symptoms compared to the Present-Centered Therapy control group. Hypothesis 2. While subjects in both groups will improve in self-reported overall PTSD symptomatology, the PEG will show greater within group improvement compared to the PCT group. Hypothesis 3. Perceived stigma associated with having a PTSD diagnosis and seeking treatment will significantly decrease for subjects in the PEG compared with subjects in the PCT group.


Descriptors :   veterans (military personnel) , traumatic stress disorders , males , therapy , signs and symptoms


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE