Effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on sexual victims of romantic relationships: A single case study

Akbari, Ebrahim and Poursharifi, Hamid and Fahimi, Samad and Azimi, Zainab and Alilou, Majid Mahmoud and Amiri Pichakolaei, Ahmad and Vahidi Madadlou, Parisa (2015) Effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on sexual victims of romantic relationships: A single case study. Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health, 18 (1). pp. 10-21.

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Introduction: Emotion-Focused Therapy is a short-term intervention which can target a constellation of disturbances characterized as complex PTSD stemming from sexual abuse. The aim of this study was to study the effectiveness of emotion-focused therapy for sexual victims of romantic relationships. Â Materials and Methods: The clinical trial study was done by a single case method and a multiple baseline design. Three subjects (three women) were selected through purposive sampling. Emotion-focused therapy was conducted in 12 weekly sessions during years 2011-12 at the University Counseling Center and follow-up sessions were held three months after the treatment. Subjects completed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Scale, Rosenberg Self-esteem, Beck Depression Inventory-II, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Rumination questionnaires before treatment (at baseline), during sessions, and at three month follow-up. They also completed Post-traumatic Stress and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) pre-treatment, before entry into the study. Clinical significance and recovery percentage were used for data analysis. Â Results: The results of study showed that emotion-focused therapy led to a significant improvement in PTSD, depression, anxiety, and rumination symptoms and increasing self-esteem in participants. Moreover, these results were maintained in a three-month follow-up in all the targets. Â Conclusion: It seems that emotion-focused therapy is effective in modulating clinical symptoms in sexual victims of romantic relationships and improves their self-esteem.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Journals > Journal of Fundamentals of Mental Health
Depositing User: jfmh jfmh
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 15:49
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 16:25
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2178

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