ERIC Number: EJ803778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Cognitive Processing Therapy for Acute Stress Disorder Resulting from an Anti-Gay Assault
Kaysen, Debra; Lostutter, Ty W.; Goines, Marie A.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v12 n3 p278-289 Sum 2005
This case study describes Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with a 30-year-old gay man with symptoms of acute stress disorder (ASD) following a recent homophobic assault. Treatment addressed assault-related posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and depressive symptoms. Also addressed were low self-esteem, helplessness, and high degrees of internalized homophobia. Client symptomatology was tracked using the PTSD Symptom Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory over the course of 12 sessions and for a 3-month posttermination session. Symptoms were significantly reduced by the end of the 12-week therapy and were maintained at 3-month follow-up. This case highlights the utility of this therapy in targeting both ASD symptoms and internalized homophobia relating to experiencing a hate crime-related assault. The authors elaborate on theoretical and applied issues in adapting a structured cognitive-behavioral intervention to the treatment of ASD symptoms associated with experiencing a hate crime.
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Homosexuality, Therapy, Depression (Psychology), Case Studies, Cognitive Processes, Males, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Victims of Crime, Self Esteem, Outcomes of Treatment, Counseling Effectiveness, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory