BRAVEMIND: Advancing the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD Exposure Therapy for MST
Technical Report,27 May 2014,26 May 2017
University of Southern California Los Angeles United States
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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.