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Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy of PTSD: Impact of Treatment on Functioning and Resources

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with significant impairment in functioning. Although improvement in PTSD symptoms following cognitive-behavioral treatment of PTSD has been demonstrated in numerous studies, improvement in functioning has yet to be fully explored. In addition to measures of PTSD, measures of functioning may help to identify more reliably broad-based change following cognitive-behavioral treatment of PTSD. A few studies have demonstrated short-term improvement in functioning following pharmacotherapy of PTSD. The current study is the first investigation to examine short- and long-term changes in adjustment and resources following cognitive-behavioral treatment of PTSD. Findings from this study suggest that, immediately following Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy (MCET), female trauma victims with PTSD and comorbid panic attacks reported improvement in work, marital, economic, and overall adjustment. In addition, 3 and 6 months following MCET, patients continued to experience improvement in work, marital, economic, parental, and overall adjustment. Future directions and clinical implications are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-04-01

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