Preliminary Report on a Spiritually-Based PTSD Intervention for Military Veterans
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Military veterans can experience spiritual/religious struggles such as weakening of beliefs, loss of meaning, increased guilt, difficulty forgiving, and moral challenges as a result of military trauma. While mainstream treatments (e.g., exposure therapy) have been shown to be effective for many, they often fail to address these issues adequately. This paper describes an 8-session spiritually-based group intervention designed to treat trauma-related spiritual wounds among military veterans. A program evaluation conducted with 24 veterans revealed significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, spiritual injury, and negative religious coping from pretest to posttest. The findings support the need for additional PTSD treatment approaches.
KeywordsPosttraumatic stress disorder Military veterans Spirituality Religion Treatment
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, USA.
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