Assaultive behavior intervention in the Veterans Administration: psychodynamic group psychotherapy compared to cognitive behavior therapy

Perspect Psychiatr Care. Jul-Sep 2002;38(3):89-97. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2002.tb00662.x.


Purpose: To compare the efficacy of a psychodynamic psychotherapy group (PPG) and a cognitive-behavior group (CBG) for male veterans with a history of assault.

Methods: Data collected included the Addiction Severity Index, the Overt Aggression Scale, and the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory. Subjects (N = 27) were assigned randomly to a central group, PPG, or CBG. Analyses included an overall comparison of the groups as well as repeated-measures analyses and adjustments for covariates.

Findings: The PPG showed a trend toward improvement of overt aggression and significant improvement of trait aggression compared with CBG. There were no differences in state aggression or efforts to control aggression.

Conclusions: Both the PPG and CBG are effective treatments for aggression.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Veterans / psychology
  • Violence / prevention & control*
  • Violence / psychology