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Randomized clinical trial pilot study of prolonged exposure versus present centred affect regulation therapy for PTSD and anger problems with male military combat veterans

NCJ Number
255691
Date Published
2018
Length
9 pages
Author(s)
J. D. Ford
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Grant Number(s)
2009-D1-BX-0299
Annotation
This article reports on a randomized controlled trial pilot study with 31 U.S. male military recent combat veterans with PTSD and severe anger problems that compared 10 session individual therapy versions of Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) with prolonged exposure (PE).
Abstract
This comparative study found that TARGET had fewer drop-outs than PE (29 percent vs. 64 percent). At post-test, improvements were found for both interventions in increased emotion regulation and hope, and reduced PTSD symptoms, hostility, experiential avoidance, and mental health problems. At a 4 month follow-up, comparable proportions (approximately 40 percent) of recipients in each therapy maintained clinically significant gains. Self-rated expectancy of therapeutic outcome and working alliance was comparable for both PE and TARGET early in therapy, at mid-treatment, and at the end of treatment. Although preliminary, these results suggest that TARGET may be a viable therapeutic option for male military veterans with PTSD and anger problems. (Publisher abstract modified)
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