A test of behavioral family therapy to augment exposure for combat- related posttraumatic stress disorder

Shirley M. Glynn, Spencer Eth, Eugenia T. Randolph, David W. Foy, Marleen Urbaitis, Laurie Boxer, George G. Paz, Gregory B. Leong, Gregory Firman, Jonathan D. Salk, Jeffrey W. Katzman, Judith Crothers

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Abstract

This study tested a family-based skills-building intervention in veterans with chronic combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans and a family member were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: (a) waiting list, (b) 18 sessions of twice-weekly exposure therapy, or (c) 18 sessions of twice-weekly exposure therapy followed by 16 sessions of behavioral family therapy (BFT). Participation in exposure therapy reduced PTSD positive symptoms (e.g., reexperiencing and hyperarousal) but not PTSD negative symptoms. Positive symptom gains were maintained at 6-month follow- up. However, participation in BFT had no additional impact on PTSD symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 12 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Glynn, S. M., Eth, S., Randolph, E. T., Foy, D. W., Urbaitis, M., Boxer, L., Paz, G. G., Leong, G. B., Firman, G., Salk, J. D., Katzman, J. W., & Crothers, J. (1999). A test of behavioral family therapy to augment exposure for combat- related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 67(2), 243-251. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006X.67.2.243