Healing traumatizing provider interactions among women through short-term group therapy

Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2003 Dec;17(6):259-69. doi: 10.1053/j.apnu.2003.10.002.


A short-term, cognitive group therapy intervention method (Insight: A cognitive enhancement program for women) to reduce or resolve ongoing psychological disruption and/or trauma was tested among women who experienced traumatizing provider interactions (TPI) in their childbearing experience. The sample included nine married, Caucasian women, ages 26-45, college educated; one to five children (n=19). Birth Perception; Posttraumatic Childbirth Stress; and Traumatizing Provider Interaction scores among 19 births confirmed perinatal psychological trauma. Descriptive and statistical comparisons for UCLA Loneliness Scale III, Coopersmith Self-Esteem Scale, Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Index and Beck Depression Inventory II, revealed marked psychological improvement in postintervention measurements.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Loneliness
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Theory
  • Parturition / psychology*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy, Brief / methods*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis
  • Puerperal Disorders / etiology
  • Puerperal Disorders / psychology
  • Puerperal Disorders / therapy*
  • Self Concept
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome