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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Spirituality in the Etiology and Treatment of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Dansiger, Stephen, Psy.D., California Southern University, 2010, 93; 28264315
Abstract (Summary)

Scope of Study: This study attempts to provide a comprehensive overview of the literature regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), comorbid disorders, spiritually based interventions for these disorders, and a theoretical framework for investigating spirituality in a Western psychology setting. The literature on complex PTSD is growing and builds upon older research on PTSD and comorbid disorders and some attention is given these topics. The psychological measurement of spirituality is given a brief treatment, and the empirical studies behind spiritually based interventions that have been used already in treating trauma related disorders is given the primary treatment in the literature review.

Findings and Conclusions: The findings of this research have some important implications for current therapeutic practice of trauma-focused therapy. It points toward further research in all the areas studied. There is also a need for continued research on those aspects of complex PTSD and spirituality and mindfulness based interventions that intersect. This may result in a more holistic approach to treating Complex PTSD (CPTSD) and comorbid disorders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allen, Benton, Grimes, Barbara
Commitee: Bloom, Victoria
School: California Southern University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality, Clinical psychology, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Buddhist psychology, Complex PTSD, EMDR, Integrative, Spirituality, Trauma
Publication Number: 28264315
ISBN: 9798597009049
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