A Specialized Treatment Approach for Battered Women

Cognitive Trauma Therapy for Battered Women (CTT-BW) has been developed to assist women dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms stemming from domestic abuse.  A new study published in the journal Psychology of Violence replicates and extends findings from a previous controlled trial of CTT-BW   (Kubany et al., 2004) by presenting data on the treatment of 8 women with PTSD related to intimate partner violence (IPV). In the new study, CTT-BW was administered weekly, using the manual provided by Kubany and a multiple baseline across participants design. Participants were assessed for PTSD and depression, as well as secondary outcomes. Results showed significant decreases from pre- to posttreatment were noted in PTSD (Hedges g = 1.90) and depression (Hedges g = 1.52), the primary outcomes. Obtained effect sizes for PTSD and depression can be classified as large. Anxiety, self-esteem, and quality of life improved significantly during the pre- to posttreatment interval. The conclusions are discussed in light of treatment needs for women with PTSD related to IPV and the potential for CTT-BW to be used in diverse settings.

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