Behavioral assessment and treatment of accident-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Two case studies

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A broad spectrum behavioral assessment and treatment package was utilized with two individuals who met DSM-III criteria for a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to transportation accidents. Individualized tripartite (behavioral, cognitive, psychophysiological) assessment procedures revealed differential arousal across response systems and subjects, as well as modest pretreatment and posstreatment differences in reactivity to trauma-relevant stimuli compared to control stimuli. The behavioral treatment packages were effective in decreasing both subjects' self-monitored symptoms of PTSD. Implications of these data for assessment and treatment of PTSD following transportation accidents are discussed. © 1985 Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McCaffrey, RJ; Fairbank, JA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 406 - 416

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0005-7894

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0005-7894(85)80007-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus