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Behav Ther. 2012 Sep;43(3):482-91. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2012.03.005. Epub 2012 Mar 14.

Single-session anxiety sensitivity reduction program for trauma-exposed adults: a case series documenting feasibility and initial efficacy.

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  • 1National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2800 South MacGregor Way, Houston, TX 77021, USA.


The present case series examined a single-session, cognitive-behavioral anxiety sensitivity (AS) reduction program among five trauma-exposed adults. Participants (age range=19-37 years) reported significantly elevated levels of AS at baseline, a history of posttraumatic stress disorder Criterion A trauma exposure, and no current Axis I psychopathology. The outcomes of the preventive intervention were examined with regard to 3-month postintervention changes in AS, posttraumatic stress, panic attack frequency and severity, negative affect levels, and behavioral functioning and impairment. Results demonstrated decreases in each of the studied outcomes over the examined time period. This preliminary yet uncontrolled data provides empirical evidence of the feasibility and support for the utilization of a brief AS reduction intervention program to target anxiety-related vulnerability among trauma-exposed adults.

Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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