EMDR and the treatment of rape survivors


The study employed single case experimental design to test the efficacy of EMDR in the treatment of rape survivors. EMDR was
introduced sequentially to five subjects by five licensed psychotherapists with Level II EMDR training. Each subject received from 4 to 6 sessions depending upon her position in the sequence. Each met criteria for PTSD prior to treatment.
The study emphasized clinical significance, and with minor exceptions, all scores meet criteria for both clinical and statistical significance.

Independent variables were the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Dissociative Experience

Scale (DES), the State-Traft Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the PTSD Symptom Scale, Self-Report (PSC-SR). Pre- post- and followup scores demonstrated dramatic changes (<.O1,DES<.05).

Subjects monitored PTSD symptomotology throughout the baseline, treatment and follow-up phases. The visual analog scales which display these graphed data provide some interesting information regarding individual response to treatment and inter- and intra- subject variability. These quantitative data were also analyzed with respect to qualitative data from pre- and post and followup interviews and from clinical reports.






Judith Lindsay

Original Work Citation

Lindsay, J. (1995, June). EMDR and the treatment of rape survivors. Presentation at the EMDR Network Conference, Santa Monica, CA




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