Pilot study on prolonged exposure of Japanese patients with posttraumatic stress disorder due to mixed traumatic events

Nozomu Asukai, Azusa Saito, Nobuko Tsuruta, Ritsuko Ogami, Junji Kishimoto

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Abstract

This pilot study investigated the feasibility of Prolonged Exposure (PE) treatment for Japanese patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to mixed traumatic events. Among 12 participants in this study, 9 women and 1 man completed between 9 and 15 weekly individual PE sessions; 2 female participants dropped out in early sessions. Among completers, the authors identified a significant reduction of symptom severity scores from pretreatment to posttreatment in terms of PTSD and depression on therapist-rated and self rated measurements. Symptom levels remained low in 3- and 6-month follow-up assessments. Our findings suggest that PE is feasible and can be accepted for PTSD patients not only in Western countries, but also for those in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-343
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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