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Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
   Pages 689 — 702

Abstract — Review of group treatment for PTSD

Denise M. Sloan, PhD;1* Michelle J. Bovin, PhD;1 Paula P. Schnurr, PhD2
1Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, Boston, MA; Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA; and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; 2Executive Division, National Center for PTSD, White River Junction, VT; and Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Abstract–The purpose of this article is to provide a brief review of group treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This review includes a description of group-based treatments for PTSD and the available data on the efficacy of group treatment for PTSD. The literature review indicates that group treatment for PTSD is efficacious compared with no treatment. However, specific types of group treatment are not efficacious when compared with a nonspecific group treatment, such as psychoeducation or supportive counseling. Recommendations for practice and research are made in light of the available literature.

Key words: cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, comparative effectiveness, Department of Veterans Affairs, effect size, group treatment, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychotherapy, review, trauma.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sloan DM, Bovin MJ, Schnurr PP. Review of group treatment for PTSD. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(5):689–702.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.07.0123
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