Prolonged exposure vs EMDR for PTSD rape victims


Negative trauma related cognitions have been implicated in the onset and maintenance of PTSD, and often improve with treatment. This controlled study aimed to evaluate the relative efficacy of Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) compared to a no-treatment wait-list control (WAIT) in the treatment of PTSD in adult female rape victims. In this study, 75 Ss with PTSD were randomly assigned to one of the three experimental conditions to achieve 20 completers per treatment group. All assessments were conducted by an Independent Assessor blind to the treatment condition. Participants completed the posttraumatic cognitions inventory (PTCI) and measures of PTSD symptomatology at pre- and post- treatment. We will investigate changes in cognitions across active treatment groups, and the extent to which cognitions at baseline predict treatment outcome.






Barbara O. Rothbaum
Millie Astin

Original Work Citation

Rothbaum, B. O., & Astin, M. (2001, November). Prolonged exposure vs EMDR for PTSD rape victims. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Philadelphia, PA



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