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Brief Integrative Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier:
First received: October 11, 2002
Last updated: September 9, 2013
Last verified: September 2008
The purpose of this study is to refine Brief Integrative Therapy (BIT) and to evaluate its effectiveness in treating women with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following childhood sexual abuse. This study will also promote the development of skills that are necessary for increasing quality of life and improving self-esteem.

Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic Behavioral: Brief Integrative Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Development and Initial Evaluation of Brief Integrative Therapy for PTSD

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Further study details as provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: November 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2002
Detailed Description:

BIT integrates interpersonal, problem solving, affect regulation, and psychoeducational components. In this study, BIT is used to encourage women to focus on current issues and problems. The BIT therapist will help patients identify the impact of PTSD on their functioning, help them identify effective coping strategies for dealing with trauma-related distress, and encourage them to establish and maintain a certain degree of independence from the therapist.

Patients receive 15 weekly sessions of BIT. Assessments occur pre-treatment, post-treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up, and include self-report measures, clinician administered PTSD scale questions, interviews, and evaluations of lifetime stressors.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis
  • Childhood sexual abuse, defined as any sexual contact before the age of 16 with someone 5 or more years older
  • At least 1 clear, detailed memory of sexual abuse

Exclusion criteria:

  • Substance abuse or dependence
  • Psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, or dissociative disorder
  • 2 or more suicidal or parasuicidal acts in the past year
  • Domestic violence involvement
  • Pregnancy or attempting to become pregnant
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00047684

United States, Vermont
National Center for PTSD
White River Junction, Vermont, United States, 05001
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00047684     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH061319 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: October 11, 2002
Last Updated: September 9, 2013

Keywords provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
Child Abuse, Sexual

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on June 23, 2017