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Treatment for Women With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Related to Childhood Abuse

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
New York University School of Medicine Identifier:
First received: September 24, 2003
Last updated: March 27, 2013
Last verified: March 2013
This study will compare one- and two-component treatments in women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Behavioral: Psychotherapy treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Skills Training, Exposure, and Their Combination in Childhood Abuse PTSD

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • outcome [ Time Frame: within study timeframe ]

Enrollment: 144
Study Start Date: April 2002
Study Completion Date: July 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: study arm Behavioral: Psychotherapy treatment

Detailed Description:

PTSD is a debilitating and often chronic anxiety disorder with serious psychiatric comorbidity. The most common trauma associated with PTSD among women is childhood abuse. PTSD related to childhood abuse may cause problems with emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning. This study will address three domains of PTSD related to childhood abuse: emotion management problems, interpersonal problems, and PTSD symptoms.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to 16 sessions of one of three treatments: Skills Training for Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), which focuses on helping individuals strengthen and build skills in managing feelings and improving interpersonal relationships; Modified Prolonged Exposure (MPE), which focuses on developing narratives of abuse history and completing an "emotional processing" of the trauma in a safe environment; and a combination of STAIR and MPE. Dropout rates and adverse effects will be measured.


Ages Eligible for Study:   22 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to childhood physical and/or sexual abuse by a care-giver
  • At least one clear memory of the abuse
  • Willing to have all assessments tape recorded and sessions video taped
  • Willing to maintain any concurrent treatments for the duration of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Active substance abuse or dependence
  • Living with the abuser
  • Self mutilation
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00069381

United States, New York
NYU Child Study Center Institute for Trauma and Stress
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Sponsors and Collaborators
New York University School of Medicine
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: New York University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT00069381     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH062347 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 24, 2003
Last Updated: March 27, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 24, 2017