Body-Oriented Therapy for Sexual Abuse Recovery

This study has been completed.
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First received: November 19, 2004
Last updated: September 7, 2007
Last verified: August 2006

The purpose of this study is to examine and compare the effects of two body therapy approaches in women who have experienced child sexual abuse.

Condition Intervention Phase
Child Abuse, Sexual
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Behavioral: Body-Oriented Therapy
Behavioral: Standardized Massage Therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Delving Intervention and Mindbody Integration

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: September 2002
Detailed Description:

Women who have experienced child sexual abuse often display symptoms of dissociation and lack of bodily self-awareness which hinder the recovery process. Mind-body researchers have examined alternative therapeutic approaches to eliminating these factors. This study will compare a standardized therapeutic message to body-oriented therapy which involves a combination of hands-on bodywork and verbal therapy focused on somatic and emotional awareness.


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-reported child sexual abuse
  • In current psychotherapy for child sexual abuse recovery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Over 6 months of past experience with body-oriented therapy
  • Diagnosis or medications for psychosis
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Current abusive relationship
  • Dissociative disorder
  • In transition on psychotropic medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00097305

United States, Washington
University of Washington School of Nursing
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Price, PhD Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing
  More Information

Price, C. Characteristics of women seeking bodywork as an adjunct to psychotherapy during recovery from childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 8(1): 35-42, 2004.
Price, C. Body-oriented therapy as an adjunct to psychotherapy in recovery from childhood abuse: A case study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 6(4): 228-236, 2002.
Price C. Bodywork for childhood abuse treatment: a pilot-test comparison. 35th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference/16th Annual WIN Assembly, Health Disparities: Meeting the Challenge, April 18-20, 2002, Palm Springs, California. Communicating Nursing Research. 35(10):264, 2002. Identifier: NCT00097305     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: F31 AT001053
Study First Received: November 19, 2004
Last Updated: September 7, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Mental Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on October 02, 2015