Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||stress disorders, post-traumatic|
|Treatment||mind-body skills groups|
|Sponsor||The Center for Mind-Body Medicine|
|Start date||August 2004|
|End date||May 2005|
|Trial size||82 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00136357, MBSG 2004-01|
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the participation in a group program which includes meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques will decrease symptoms of posttraumatic stress in high school students.
|Endpoint classification||efficacy study|
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
Changes in score on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire
Measurements taken at beginning of study, at 12 weeks (following intervention) and at 3 month follow-up
Male or female participants from 14 years up to 19 years old.
- Students having posttraumatic stress (PTSD) as defined according to a scoring algorithm of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire previously described by the Harvard Refugee Trauma group and used in a Kosovar Albanian population. This definition of PTSD requires a score of 3 or 4, on a Likert scale of 1-4, on at least one of the four of the reexperiencing symptoms (Criterion B), at least 3 of the 7 avoidance and numbing symptoms (Criterion C), and at least 2 of the 5 arousal symptoms (Criterion D) in addition to exposure to a traumatic event (Criterion A).
- No specific exclusion criteria. Students having PTSD symptoms as defined above may participate in the study.
|Official title||Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial|
|Principal investigator||James S Gordon, MD|
|Description||The objective of this study is to determine whether participation in a group program incorporating mind-body techniques decreases symptoms of posttraumatic stress in adolescents. Students will be screened for posttraumatic stress using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire and eighty-two qualifying students will be randomly assigned to a 12-session mind-body group program or a wait-list delayed intervention group. The program will be conducted by the teachers at a high school in Kosovo and include meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques. Changes in posttraumatic stress symptoms will be measured using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire.|
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