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Open Access EMDR-Based Divorce Recovery Group: A Case Study

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This case study investigated the effects of an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)-based divorce recovery group, consisting of four modalities: (a) modified EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol adapted for adolescents and adults living with ongoing traumatic stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS) to deal with the trauma from the divorce, (b) modified Affect Circuit Reset protocol to reduce intensity of negative affects, (c) psychoeducation on affects and divorce-related issues, and (d) small group discussion. The divorce recovery program is an attempt to provide an affordable, trauma-focused intervention for divorce recovery for low-income populations. This report summarizes the outcomes in a divorce recovery group of six women, all Chinese immigrants. Aside from one person in the midst of divorce, the group consisted of individuals divorced for 7 years or more, for whom the distress had lasted more than the 2 to 3 years typical of divorce recovery. Short Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Rating Interview (SPRINT) scores collected at the beginning of week 2, at the end of week 7, and at the beginning of week 8 showed PTSD symptoms dropping from severe to mild. The mean SPRINT scores at 6 weeks and 13 weeks after treatment continued to decrease, approaching the no/minimal symptom range. The SPRINT scores showed a 65.6% reduction between week 2 (18.0 [SD = 8.4]) and 13 weeks after treatment (6.2 [SD = 5.5]), with a large effect size of d = 1.40, and a significant decrease of t(4)=4.0, p = .016.
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Keywords: AFFECT CIRCUIT RESET; DIVORCE RECOVERY; EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR) GROUP; LOW-INCOME POPULATION; POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD); SMALL-T TRAUMA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2018

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