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COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION FOR PTSD IN COLOMBIAN COMBAT VETERANS

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Author(s): CAROLINA BOTERO GARCÍA

Journal: Universitas psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 205;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | cognitive-behavioral therapy | group therapy | Prolonged Exposition | Stress Inoculation | trauma | veterans | combat

ABSTRACT
The results of cognitive-behavioral group interventions applied from 2002 to 2004 to 42 colombian combat veteranswith Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are presented. The goal of the study was to stablish the effectiveness ofthe group interventions based in Prolonged Exposition and Stress Inoculation treatment processes. Differencesbetween pre-in-post symptomatology scores of PTSD were measured by Foa Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale(PDS) and the Beck Depression Inventory. The statistical analysis was made by t test for paired samples, with alpha of0.05. Results show significant decrease in symptomatology and severity level after the intervention both in depressionand PTSD symptoms.
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