Brief psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorders

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1989 Oct;57(5):607-12. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.57.5.607.


A large-scale study of the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic methods for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorders was conducted. The sample consisted of 112 persons suffering from serious disorders resulting from traumatic events (bereavement, acts of violence, and traffic accidents) that had taken place not more than 5 years before. Trauma desensitization, hypnotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy were tested for their effectiveness in comparison with a waiting-list control group. The results indicated that treated cases were significantly lower in trauma-related symptoms than the control group.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Desensitization, Psychologic*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Psychotherapy, Brief / methods*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*