The effectiveness of a trauma focused spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma

J. Irene Harris, Christopher R Erbes, Brian Engdahl, Paul Thuras, Nichole Murray-Swank, Dixie Grace, Henry Ogden, Raymond H.A. Olson, Ann Marie Winskowski, Russ Bacon, Catherine Malec, Kelsey Campion, Tu Van Le

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Abstract

Building Spiritual Strength (BSS) is an 8-session, spiritually integrated group intervention designed to address religious strain and enhance religious meaning making for military trauma survivors. It is based upon empirical research on the relationship between spirituality and adjustment to trauma. To assess the intervention's effectiveness, veterans with histories of trauma who volunteered for the study were randomly assigned to a BSS group (n = 26) or a wait-list control group (n = 28). BSS participants showed statistically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms based on self-report measures as compared with those in a wait-list control condition. Further research on spiritually integrated interventions for trauma survivors is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Volume67
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Veterans

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