Trauma management therapy: A preliminary evaluation of a multicomponent behavioral treatment for chronic combat-related PTSD

B. Christopher Frueh, Samuel M. Turner, Deborah C. Beidel, Robert F. Mirabella, Walter J. Jones

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Abstract

The development and initial evaluation of a new, comprehensive and multicomponent behavioral treatment (Trauma Management Therapy, or TMT) for chronic combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is described. The program utilizes elements of intensive exposure therapy, programmed practice, and structured social and emotional skills training to target the multiple aspects of chronic combat-related PTSD. The treatment was found to be effective in alleviating a broad spectrum of difficulties in combat veterans with chronic PTSD, most of whom had co-occuring Axis I and/or Axis II disorders. The results are discussed with respect to the implementation of the new treatment and the general need for a comprehensive approach to treating combat-related PTSD. Implications for the potential cost-effectiveness of the treatment program also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-543
Number of pages11
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume34
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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