Accession Number : AD1042614


Title :   BRAVEMIND: Advancing the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD Exposure Therapy for MST


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,27 May 2014,26 May 2017


Corporate Author : University of Southern California Los Angeles United States


Personal Author(s) : Rizzo, Albert


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1042614.pdf


Report Date : 01 Aug 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 63


Abstract : PTSD can result from exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. Military Sexual Trauma (MST) has been recognized as a significant risk factor for the development of PTSD. This has become an issue of grave concern within the military, as reports of sexual violations and assaults have been on the rise over the last ten years, and have garnered significant popular media attention. This project developed content for inclusion in the BRAVEMIND virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) system that provided new customizable options for persons who have experienced MST and ran a pilot study with a target sample of 20 persons diagnosed with PTSD due to MST. The effort in the second year focused on enrollment and treatment of subjects for the study. A no-cost extension was granted for one year until May 26, 2017 to allow completion of the study.


Descriptors :   traumatic stress disorder , psychology , mental health , clinical trials , department of defense , psychotherapy , combat injuries , sexual assault , depression , anxiety disorders , virtual reality , EXPOSURE (PHYSIOLOGY) , military personnel


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE