Somatic-focused therapy for traumatized refugees: Treating posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid neck-focused panic attacks among Cambodian refugees. Special issue: Culture, race, and ethnicity in psychotherapy

Devon E. Hinton, Vuth Pich, Dara Chhean, Steven A. Safren, Mark H. Pollack

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Abstract

The authors outline six steps to develop culturally sensitive treatment for traumatized refugees, which focus on somatic symptoms. Among Cambodian refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder, the authors describe a somatic presentation (viz., neck-focused panic attacks) that forms a key aspect of trauma-related disorder, how those panic attacks are generated, and a treatment that specifically targets those panic attacks. Evidence of treatment efficacy is provided through a multiple-baseline, across-subjects design (N = 3), and one treatment case is described to illustrate clinical presentation and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-505
Number of pages15
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cambodian refugees
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Panic disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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