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The efficacy of narrative exposure therapy in a sample of Iranian women exposed to ongoing intimate partner violence : A randomized controlled trial

The efficacy of narrative exposure therapy in a sample of Iranian women exposed to ongoing intimate partner violence : A randomized controlled trial

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ORANG, Tahereh, Sarah AYOUGHI, James K. MORAN, Hakimeh GHAFFARI, Saeedeh MOSTAFAVI, Maryam RASOULIAN, Thomas ELBERT, 2018. The efficacy of narrative exposure therapy in a sample of Iranian women exposed to ongoing intimate partner violence : A randomized controlled trial. In: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 25(6), pp. 827-841. ISSN 1063-3995. eISSN 1099-0879. Available under: doi: 10.1002/cpp.2318

@article{Orang2018-11effic-43096, title={The efficacy of narrative exposure therapy in a sample of Iranian women exposed to ongoing intimate partner violence : A randomized controlled trial}, year={2018}, doi={10.1002/cpp.2318}, number={6}, volume={25}, issn={1063-3995}, journal={Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy}, pages={827--841}, author={Orang, Tahereh and Ayoughi, Sarah and Moran, James K. and Ghaffari, Hakimeh and Mostafavi, Saeedeh and Rasoulian, Maryam and Elbert, Thomas} }

The efficacy of narrative exposure therapy in a sample of Iranian women exposed to ongoing intimate partner violence : A randomized controlled trial Rasoulian, Maryam Elbert, Thomas eng Mostafavi, Saeedeh Ghaffari, Hakimeh Ghaffari, Hakimeh 2018-08-16T09:22:14Z Orang, Tahereh Elbert, Thomas Orang, Tahereh 2018-08-16T09:22:14Z Ayoughi, Sarah Rasoulian, Maryam Mostafavi, Saeedeh Objective:<br />The mental health needs of women affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) and living under continuous domestic violence are currently not well understood. The present study investigates the feasibility and efficacy of narrative exposure therapy (NET), compared with commonly used counselling (treatment‐as‐usual, TAU), in a group of currently IPV‐affected women in Tehran, Iran.<br /><br />Method:<br />Forty‐five IPV‐affected women with a diagnosis of post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were randomized to 10 to 12 sessions of either NET (n = 24) or TAU (n = 21). Primary outcome measures, including PTSD, depression, and perceived stress symptoms, were examined at pretreatment and 3‐ and 6‐month follow‐ups. IPV experiences, general lifetime traumatic events, childhood adversities, borderline symptoms, and daily functioning impairment were also inspected.<br /><br />Results:<br />NET participants showed a significantly greater symptom reduction in comparison with the TAU group in PTSD, depression, and perceived stress at both follow‐ups. Improvement in daily functioning and reduction of IPV experiences and borderline symptoms at 3‐ and 6‐month follow‐ups were pronounced but not significantly different between the two treatment groups.<br /><br />Conclusion:<br />IPV‐affected women living under continuous threat and violence would benefit from trauma‐focused interventions such as NET. Moran, James K. Moran, James K. Ayoughi, Sarah 2018-11

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