BRAVEMIND: Advancing the Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan PTSD Exposure Therapy for MST
Annual rept. 27 May 2015-26 May 2016
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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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. The current project proposes to develop content for inclusion in the BRAVEMIND virtual reality exposure therapy VRET system that will provide new customizable options for persons who have experienced MST and to run a pilot RCT with a 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 RCT. A no-cost extension was granted for one year until May 26, 2017 to allow completion of the RCT.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations