ERIC Number: EJ814748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Drops Out of Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Bryant, Richard A.; Moulds, Michelle L.; Mastrodomenico, Julie; Hopwood, Sally; Felmingham, Kim; Nixon, Reginald D. V.
Clinical Psychologist, v11 n1 p13-15 Mar 2007
Significant proportions of participants drop out of cognitive behaviour therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study indexed the pretreatment characteristics of civilian trauma survivors who remained in (n = 95) and dropped out (n = 33) of therapy for chronic PTSD. Therapy involved either cognitive behaviour therapy or supportive counselling. Participants who dropped out of therapy had higher scores on the Impact of Event Scale-Avoidance and the Catastrophic Cognitions Questionnaire, controlling for the influence of pretreatment PTSD severity. These findings suggest that retaining participants in therapy for PTSD may be enhanced by focusing initial therapy attention on modification of catastrophic cognitive styles and avoidance tendencies. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Therapy, Dropouts, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Individual Characteristics, Counseling Techniques, Scores, Questionnaires, Severity (of Disability), Persistence, Cognitive Style, Coping, Dropout Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Impact of Event Scale