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J Trauma Stress. 2010 Jun;23(3):305-12. doi: 10.1002/jts.20531.

A randomized trial of a reconciliation workshop with and without PTSD psychoeducation in Burundian sample.

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Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. peter.yeomans@va.gov

Abstract

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) psychoeducation is increasingly offered in diverse cultural settings. As the literature offers theoretical arguments for why such information might be normalizing and distress-reducing, or might risk morbid suggestion of greater vulnerability, a two-sided hypothesis was proposed to examine the specific effect of PTSD psychoeducation. Participants of a trauma healing and reconciliation intervention in Burundi were randomized to conditions with and without PTSD psychoeducation, or to a waitlist control. Both interventions reduced symptoms more than the waitlist. Participants in the condition without psychoeducation experienced a greater reduction in PTSD symptoms relative to other conditions. Findings are discussed in relationship to intervention development for traumatic stress in nonindustrialized and culturally diverse settings.

PMID:
20564362
DOI:
10.1002/jts.20531
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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