Disclosure of traumatic experiences, dissociation, and anxiety in group therapy for posttraumatic stress

Bowen, Alana, Shelley, Mike, Helmes, Edward, and Landman, Martha (2010) Disclosure of traumatic experiences, dissociation, and anxiety in group therapy for posttraumatic stress. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 23 (4). pp. 449-461.

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Abstract

This study examined the relationships among the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, dissociation with self-disclosure among 72 male military veterans with PTSD who were attending an eight-week group therapy treatment program. At intake to the program, participants were administered a baseline demographics questionnaire, the Clinicians Administered PTSD Scale, a dissociation measure, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Participants completed the dissociation measure and the HADS again at discharge from the program and at a follow-up three months later. We found that the frequency and severity of dissociation reported by participants decreased over time. It was also found that high self-disclosers had higher levels of dissociation when compared to low self-disclosure, anxiety levels at follow-up were significantly lower than baseline levels of anxiety.

Item ID: 14854
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: PTSD; stress; disclosure; group therapy; anxiety
ISSN: 1477-2205
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 23:14
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 80%
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