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.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose educational/counseling/training

Primary Outcomes

Changes in score on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire
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Measurements taken at beginning of study, at 12 weeks (following intervention) and at 3 month follow-up
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 14 years up to 19 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 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). Exclusion Criteria: - No specific exclusion criteria. Students having PTSD symptoms as defined above may participate in the study.

Additional Information

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.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2005.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.