Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Feasibility of an integrated cognitive-behavioral and art therapy for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse with post traumatic stress disorder
by Becker, Carol-Lynne J., Ph.D., Palo Alto University, 2012, 154; 3591791
Abstract (Summary)

Current research supports the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Mendes, Mello, Ventura, Medeiros Passarela, & Jesus Mari, 2008; Bradley, Green, Russ, Dutra, & Westen, 2005). Art therapy (AT) has been used effectively with sexually abused children and adolescents (Deblinger & Heflin, 1996; Cohen & Cox, 1995; Pifalo, 2002), and integrated treatments show potential for enhanced PTSD symptom reduction (Bryant, Moulds, Guthrie, & Nixon, 2005; Pifalo, 2007). However, no research on the use of an integrated CBT and AT approach has been studied on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse with ongoing PTSD.

This dissertation examined the feasibility of an integrated CBT and AT group treatment for adult survivors (N=5). A relationship between participation in treatment and reduction of symptoms of PTSD, depression, dissociation, and anxiety was indicated. The results of this study provide initial support for this manual-based treatment and demonstrates the potential of integrated treatments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moffett, Louis
Commitee: Macias, Sandy, Waelde, Lynn
School: Palo Alto University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Art therapy, Cbt, Childhood sexual abuse, Feasibility, Integrated treatment, Ptsd
Publication Number: 3591791
ISBN: 978-1-303-32509-0
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