Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2005 by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00136357
First received: August 26, 2005
Last updated: December 12, 2005
Last verified: March 2005
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the participation in a group program which includes meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques will decrease symptoms of posttraumatic stress in high school students.


Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Behavioral: Mind-Body Skills Groups

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in score on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire
  • Measurements taken at beginning of study, at 12 weeks (following intervention) and at 3 month follow-up

Estimated Enrollment: 82
Study Start Date: August 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2005
Detailed Description:

The objective of this study is to determine whether participation in a group program incorporating mind-body techniques decreases symptoms of posttraumatic stress in adolescents. Students will be screened for posttraumatic stress using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire and eighty-two qualifying students will be randomly assigned to a 12-session mind-body group program or a wait-list delayed intervention group. The program will be conducted by the teachers at a high school in Kosovo and include meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques. Changes in posttraumatic stress symptoms will be measured using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Students having posttraumatic stress (PTSD) as defined according to a scoring algorithm of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire previously described by the Harvard Refugee Trauma group and used in a Kosovar Albanian population. This definition of PTSD requires a score of 3 or 4, on a Likert scale of 1-4, on at least one of the four of the reexperiencing symptoms (Criterion B), at least 3 of the 7 avoidance and numbing symptoms (Criterion C), and at least 2 of the 5 arousal symptoms (Criterion D) in addition to exposure to a traumatic event (Criterion A).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No specific exclusion criteria. Students having PTSD symptoms as defined above may participate in the study.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00136357

Locations
Former Yugoslavia
Jeta e Re High School
Suhareka, Kosovo, Former Yugoslavia
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Investigators
Principal Investigator: James S Gordon, MD The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00136357     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MBSG 2004-01
Study First Received: August 26, 2005
Last Updated: December 12, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine:
posttraumatic stress
mind-body techniques
war
adolescents

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014