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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2002 Jul-Sep;38(3):89-97.

Assaultive behavior intervention in the Veterans Administration: psychodynamic group psychotherapy compared to cognitive behavior therapy.

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Nursing Service Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, Bedford, MA, USA. Marilyn.lanza@med.va.gov

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To compare the efficacy of a psychodynamic psychotherapy group (PPG) and a cognitive-behavior group (CBG) for male veterans with a history of assault.

METHODS:

Data collected included the Addiction Severity Index, the Overt Aggression Scale, and the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory. Subjects (N = 27) were assigned randomly to a central group, PPG, or CBG. Analyses included an overall comparison of the groups as well as repeated-measures analyses and adjustments for covariates.

FINDINGS:

The PPG showed a trend toward improvement of overt aggression and significant improvement of trait aggression compared with CBG. There were no differences in state aggression or efforts to control aggression.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both the PPG and CBG are effective treatments for aggression.

PMID:
12385079
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