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Cognitive–behavior therapy for PTSD in rape survivors

Jaycox, Lisa H. ; Zoellner, Lori ; Foa, Edna B.

Journal of Clinical Psychology, August 2002, Vol.58(8), pp.891-906 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Cognitive–behavior therapy for PTSD in rape survivors
  • Author/Creator: Jaycox, Lisa H. ; Zoellner, Lori ; Foa, Edna B.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: PTSD ; Rape ; Survivors ; Adults ; Prolonged Exposure Therapy ; Treatment Effectiveness
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Clinical Psychology, August 2002, Vol.58(8), pp.891-906
  • Description: In recent years, new data have appeared, further suggesting the utility of cognitive–behavioral interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) subsequent to sexual assault. In this article, we present a model of cognitive–behavioral treatment (CBT) for PTSD in rape survivors. Emotional‐processing theory, which proposes mechanisms that underlie the development of disturbances following rape, is reviewed. A CBT‐based therapy (Prolonged Exposure) is presented that entails education about common reactions to trauma, relaxation training, imaginal reliving of the rape memory, exposure to trauma reminders, and cognitive restructuring. Current research regarding the use of prolonged exposure is discussed. The case example of a young female rape survivor is described in detail, and her prior substance dependence and intense shame are highlighted. The therapy was successful in reducing the client's symptoms of PTSD, as well as her depressive symptoms, and these gains were maintained at a one‐year follow‐up assessment. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol/In Session 58: 891–906, 2002.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0021-9762 ; E-ISSN: 1097-4679 ; DOI: 10.1002/jclp.10065