This brief is about the cognitive behavior treatment outcomes and drop outs of Vietnam veterans with PTSD who experience nightmares. In policy and practice, various socialization strategies should be implemented by clinics based on veterans' levels of traumatic history, and veterans' families should work to create a positive view of therapy; policymakers should provide support for these therapies and the training of clinicians to provide them. Suggestions for future research include having a more generalizable population in the study, examining the impact of the study's exclusion criteria, and the impact of psychotropic medicines on treatment outcome.
Cook, J. M., Thompson, R., Harb, G. C., & Ross, R. J. (2013). Cognitive−behavioral treatment for posttraumatic nightmares: An investigation of predictors of dropout and outcome. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(6), 545–553. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0030724
Cognitive Neuroscience | Medicine and Health | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Health issues, Stress disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Psychotherapy, Nightmares, Treatment, Treatment outcomes, Drop out
Post-traumatic stress disorder; Psychotherapy; Nightmares; Treatment
Government and Community Services
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Post-traumatic Nightmares: An Investigation of Predictors of Dropout and Outcome"" (2013). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 315.
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