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Psychother Res. 2014;24(4):514-21. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2013.851424. Epub 2013 Nov 27.

Feasibility and outcome of dialogical exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: a pilot study with 25 outpatients.

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a Department of Psychology , Ludwig Maximilian University Munich , Munich , Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The research on psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stems predominantly from a cognitive-behavioral orientation while other approaches are underrepresented. We evaluated dialogical exposure in trauma therapy (DET), a treatment for PTSD combining cognitive-behavioral elements with an interpersonal, gestalt-based framework.

METHODS:

In this uncontrolled pilot trial, 25 PTSD patients were treated with DET in an outpatient setting and 21 completed therapy.

RESULTS:

There was a significant reduction in self-rated PTSD symptoms from pre- to posttreatment. Effect sizes were large in the completer sample and moderate to large in the intent-to-treat sample. General psychopathology also decreased significantly. The dropout rate was rather low at 16%.

CONCLUSION:

These results show that further research on DET as a treatment for PTSD is warranted.

KEYWORDS:

contact, PTSD; dialogical exposure; gestalt therapy; trauma

PMID:
24279513
DOI:
10.1080/10503307.2013.851424
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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