The effect of cognitive processing therapy on cognitions: impact statement coding.


Journal Article

This study compared the cognitions of 37 female rape survivors before and after completing cognitive processing therapy (CPT). It was hypothesized that CPT would be associated with reductions in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and problematic (i.e., assimilated and overaccommodated) thoughts as well as increases in the number of realistic (i.e., accommodated) cognitions. Cognitions were assessed via coding and analyses of participants' written impact statements at the beginning and end of treatment. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms were assessed with the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale and PTSD Symptom Scale. As predicted, there were significant increases in accommodated statements and significant decreases in overaccommodated and assimilated statements. The hypothesis that cognitive changes would be related to symptom reduction was partially supported.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sobel, AA; Resick, PA; Rabalais, AE

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 205 - 211

PubMed ID

  • 19479979

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19479979

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jts.20408


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States