Affect Management Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Difficulties in finding enough study participants.)
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Zurich
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00383006
First received: September 29, 2006
Last updated: June 2, 2009
Last verified: June 2009
  Purpose

Problems of self regulation, e.g. emotional dysfunction, represent a core symptom of adult patients with traumatic childhood experiences. The study intends to evaluate the efficiency of a 14-week group therapy for adult survivors of relational trauma in childhood. Main interventions are psychoeducation about the sequelae of childhood trauma, teaching of skills for affect regulation and techniques for activating resources. The hypothesis is that the group therapy significantly improves the participant's capacity in emotion management and self-soothing.


Condition Intervention Phase
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Behavioral: Skills for affect regulation (behavior)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by University of Zurich:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Score on affect regulation capacity at week 14(post-interventional) and month 3 (follow-up) [ Time Frame: 2008 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Score on depression at week 14 (post-interventional) and month 3 (follow-up) [ Time Frame: 2008 ]
  • Score on life quality at week 14 (post-interventional) and month 3 (follow-up) [ Time Frame: 2008 ]
  • Score on personal resources at week 14 (post-interventional) and month 3 (follow-up) [ Time Frame: 2008 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: May 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2008
Detailed Description:

Problems of self regulation, e.g. emotional dysfunction, represent a core symptom of adult patients with traumatic childhood experiences. Since sufficient capacity for self soothing and emotional regulation are essential for trauma exposure, modern trauma therapy concepts are phase-oriented, beginning with working on "stabilization". The study intends to evaluate the efficiency of a 14-week group therapy for adult survivors of relational trauma in childhood. Main interventions are psychoeducation about the sequelae of childhood trauma, teaching of skills for affect regulation and techniques for activating resources. Inclusion criteria are clinical significant problems with self-regulation and the presence of childhood trauma. Outcome measures are based on self-rating questionnaires, clinical interviews and an experimental computer-task at timepoint pre-, post- and 3-month-follow-up. There is no control condition in the pilot-study phase.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults with moderate to severe relational trauma in childhood (emotional, sexual or physical abuse, emotional or physical neglect)
  • DSM-IV diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe dissociation
  • Environmental safety problems
  • Ongoing enmeshment with perpetrators
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Severe depression
  • Acute suicidality
  • Substance abuse
  • Severe cognitive decline
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00383006

Locations
Switzerland
Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital
Zurich, ZH, Switzerland, 8091
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Zurich
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christoph Mueller, MD Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
Principal Investigator: Michael Rufer, MD Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00383006     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PSYUNIZH26092006
Study First Received: September 29, 2006
Last Updated: June 2, 2009
Health Authority: Switzerland: Swissmedic

Keywords provided by University of Zurich:
Psychotherapy, Group
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Ambulatory Care

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

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 22, 2014