The Effect of a Treatment Program In Reducing Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among a Sample of Abused Women in Jordan

Musa Jibril, Asma' Mohammad

Abstract


The study aimed to examine the effect of a treatment program in reducing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder among a sample of battered women in Jordan.
The study sample consisted of (18) women chosen in an intentional manner. The control group, consisted of (9) battered women from CARE international organization, and the experimental group, consisted of (9) women from Al-Amal foundation.
For the purpose of the study two scales were used: The family violence scale in order to select the sample of battered women , and an Arabic version of PTSD Questionnaire for Trauma survivors by Williams (2000). A treatment program based on behavioral-cognitive theory, consisted of 23 sessions, 50 minutes each, was conducted on the individuals of the experimental group.
Data was analyzed statistically using the ANCOVA to measure the effect of the treatment program on decreasing PTSD symptoms among individuals of the sample.
Results show statistically significant difference between the experimental and control group. PTSD symptom levels were less compared to the control group. The study concluded that the treatment program based on the cognitive therapy for trauma was effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD for battered women.

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