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The Trauma Recovery and Resiliency Research Project

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2008 by Cambridge Health Alliance.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: August 16, 2005
Last updated: June 17, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
The overall purpose of this study is the assessment of treatment outcome among traumatized patients seeking individual and/or group therapy at the Victims of Violence Program. The study gathers information from patients using quantitative (self-report) and qualitative (interview-based) approaches, to determine changes in symptom patterns and domains of functioning relevant to psychological trauma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
Behavioral: Individual therapy
Behavioral: Group therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Trauma Recovery and Resiliency Research Project

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Further study details as provided by Cambridge Health Alliance:

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: August 1991
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2010
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Individual therapy
    Stage-based individual therapy for trauma survivors
    Behavioral: Group therapy
    Stage-based group therapy for trauma survivors
Detailed Description:
The focus of the Trauma Recovery and Resiliency Project is primarily the evaluation of treatment outcome among complexly traumatized patients seeking individual and/or group therapy at the Victims of Violence (VOV) Program, a specialty clinic located in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department of the Cambridge Health Alliance and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The project has two major components: (1) All patients seeking VOV treatment are administered a battery of self-report measures assessing symptoms associated with complex trauma (i.e., interpersonal trauma that is usually repeated and prolonged) (2) A subsample of patients are interviewed using the Multidimensional Trauma Recovery and Resiliency Interview (MTRRI) and its companion rating scale (MTRR; Harvey et al, 1994, 2000, 2003) to assess trauma impact, recovery and resiliency on eight domains of psychological functioning. Data is analyzed using quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluate treatment effectiveness and elucidate the recovery trajectories of patients receiving VOV treatment. Two subprojects include (a) preparation of a treatment manual documenting the Women's Trauma Recovery Group, and (b) pilot testing a new interview-based measure of complex trauma symptoms, the Symptoms of Trauma Scale (SOTS).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Trauma survivors receiving outpatient treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In individual or group therapy at VOV program
  • Consents to research participation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Insufficient proficiency in English to complete self-report measures and/or interview
  • Research participation clinically counterindicated
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00131534

United States, Massachusetts
Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States, 02143
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cambridge Health Alliance
Principal Investigator: Mary R. Harvey, Ph.D. Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
Principal Investigator: Judith L. Herman, MD Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
Principal Investigator: Michaela Mendelsohn, Ph.D. Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
  More Information

Forman EM, Lynch SM, Bryant TS, Herman JL. Using effectiveness and patient-focused data to evaluate outcome of a community-based trauma treatment. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA, 2001.
Mendelsohn M, Forman EM, Lynch SM, Herman JL. Group therapy at the Victims of Violence Program: Preliminary Findings. Paper presented at 20th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; New Orleans, LA, 2004.
Lynch S, Forman E, Mendelsohn M, Herman, JL. A comparison of high and low dissociators' response to trauma-focused treatment. Paper presented at the 21st Conference of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation; New Orleans, LA; 2004.
Lynch SM, Keasler AL, Reaves, RC, Channer EG, Bukowski LT. The Story of My Strength: An Exploration of Resilience in the Narratives of Trauma Survivors Early in Recovery. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma 14: 75-97, 2007 Publisher: Haworth Press
Harney PA, Harvey MR. Group psychotherapy: An overview. In BH Young & DD Blake (Eds.), Group treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (pp. 1-13). New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel, 1999.
Harvey MR, Harney PA. Individual psychotherapy. In C Classen & ID Yalom (Eds.), Treating women molested in childhood (pp. 63-91). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
Harvey MR, Liang B, Harney PA, Koenen K, Tummala-Narra P, Lebowitz L. A multidimensional approach to the assessment of trauma impact, recovery and resiliency: Initial psychometric findings. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 6: 87-109, 2003.
Harvey MR, Mishler EG, Koenen K, Harney PA. In the aftermath of sexual abuse: Making and remaking meaning in narratives of trauma and recovery. Narrative Inquiry, 10: 291-311, 2000.
Harvey MR, Weston D. Multidimensional trauma recovery and resiliency measures: The MTRRI (Interview) and the MTRRQ (Sort). In BH Stamm (Ed.), Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation (pp. 209-211). Lutherville, MD: The Sidran Press, 1996.
Herman, JL. Complex PTSD: A syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 3: 377-391, 1992.
Herman JL. Trauma and recovery. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
Mendelsohn M, Zachary R, Harney P. Group therapy as an ecological bridge to a new community. Special issue of Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 14, 227-243. Identifier: NCT00131534     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHA-IRB-0031/01/04 
Study First Received: August 16, 2005
Last Updated: June 17, 2008

Keywords provided by Cambridge Health Alliance:
Complex trauma
Trauma recovery
Posttraumatic stress
Individual psychotherapy
Group psychotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on February 20, 2017