Intensive, Multi-Couple Group Therapy for PTSD: A Nonrandomized Pilot Study With Military and Veteran Dyads.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (CBCT for PTSD; Monson & Fredman, 2012) is efficacious in improving PTSD symptoms and relationship adjustment among couples with PTSD. However, there is a need for more efficient delivery formats to maximize engagement and retention and to achieve faster outcomes in multiple domains. This nonrandomized trial was designed to pilot an abbreviated, intensive, multi-couple group version of CBCT for PTSD (AIM-CBCT for PTSD) delivered over a single weekend for 24 couples that included an active-duty service member or veteran with PTSD who had deployed in support of combat operations following September 11, 2001. All couples completed treatment. Assessments conducted by clinical evaluators 1 and 3 months after the intervention revealed significant reductions in clinician-rated PTSD symptoms (ds = -0.77 and -0.98, respectively) and in patients' self-reported symptoms of PTSD (ds = -0.73 and -1.17, respectively), depression (ds = -0.60 and -0.75, respectively), anxiety (ds = -0.63 and -0.73, respectively), and anger (ds = -0.45 and -0.60, respectively), relative to baseline. By 3-month follow-up, partners reported significant reductions in patients' PTSD symptoms (d = -0.56), as well as significant improvements in their own depressive symptoms (d = -0.47), anxiety (d = -0.60), and relationship satisfaction (d = 0.53), relative to baseline. Delivering CBCT for PTSD through an abbreviated, intensive multi-couple group format may be an efficient strategy for improving patient, partner, and relational well-being in military and veteran couples with PTSD.

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Cited Authors

  • Fredman, SJ; Macdonald, A; Monson, CM; Dondanville, KA; Blount, TH; Hall-Clark, BN; Fina, BA; Mintz, J; Litz, BT; Young-McCaughan, S; Hancock, AK; Rhoades, GK; Yarvis, JS; Resick, PA; Roache, JD; Le, Y; Wachen, JS; Niles, BL; McGeary, CA; Keane, TM; Peterson, AL; Consortium to Alleviate PTSD,

Published Date

  • September 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 700 - 714

PubMed ID

  • 32800299

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-1888

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.beth.2019.10.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England