Effects of Clinician-Assisted Emotional Disclosure for Sexual Assault Survivors: A Pilot Study
These authors assessed the effects of clinician-assisted emotional disclosure (CAED), an integration of emotion focused therapy and emotional disclosure, in ameliorating distress experienced by survivors of sexual assault. A total of 670 female university students were screened for both histories of sexual victimization and clinically significant levels of global psychological distress. Twenty-eight students entered the treatment phase of the study and were randomly assigned to treatment or no-treatment control conditions. Participants completed a battery of instruments at each evaluation to assess interpersonal, global, and traumatic stress symptoms. At termination and 1-month follow-up, there were no significant differences between CAED and control groups on any of the outcome variables. At 3-months posttreatment, however, individuals in the CAED group reported significant reductions in interpersonal distress, namely, hostility and dependency and reductions in avoidance symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. Modified Author Abstract.