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Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Apr;160(4):788-90.

A single session with an earthquake simulator for traumatic stress in earthquake survivors.

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Istanbul Center for Behavior Research and Therapy. m.basoglu@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the effectiveness of a single session of earthquake simulator-assisted exposure treatment of traumatic stress in earthquake survivors.

METHOD:

Ten earthquake survivors in Turkey were given one session of exposure to simulated earthquake tremors. Assessments were at pre- and postsession and at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks posttreatment.

RESULTS:

All measures showed significant improvement at all assessments. Eight patients were markedly and two slightly improved at follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

A single exposure session with an earthquake simulator appears to be effective in treating postearthquake traumatic stress. Controlled studies are needed to confirm these findings.

PMID:
12668372
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.160.4.788
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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