ERIC Number: EJ1123007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Art Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for Combat-Related PTSD: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Campbell, Melissa; Decker, Kathleen P.; Kruk, Kerry; Deaver, Sarah P.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v33 n4 p169-177 2016
This randomized controlled trial was designed to determine if art therapy in conjunction with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) was more effective for reducing symptoms of combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than CPT alone. Veterans (N = 11) were randomized to receive either individual CPT, or individual CPT in conjunction with individual art therapy. PTSD Checklist-Military Version and Beck Depression Inventory-II scores improved with treatment in both groups with no significant difference in improvement between the experimental and control groups. Art therapy in conjunction with CPT was found to improve trauma processing and veterans considered it to be an important part of their treatment as it provided healthy distancing, enhanced trauma recall, and increased access to emotions.
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Veterans, Cognitive Processes, Therapy, Intervention, Comparative Analysis, Art Therapy, Check Lists, Depression (Psychology), Measures (Individuals), Scores, Counseling Techniques, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory