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Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00136357
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 29, 2005
Results First Posted : February 16, 2015
Last Update Posted : February 16, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James S. Gordon, M.D., The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stress Disorders, Post-traumatic Behavioral: Mind-Body Skills Groups Not Applicable

Detailed 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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 82 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : August 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2005

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Mind-Body Skills Groups
12 week mind-body skills group program including guided imagery, relaxation techniques,autogenic training, meditation, biofeedback, drawings, genograms and movement techniques.
Behavioral: Mind-Body Skills Groups
12 week mind-body skills group program including guided imagery, relaxation techniques,autogenic training, meditation, biofeedback, drawings, genograms and movement techniques.

No Intervention: Delayed Intervention
Comparison group not receiving intervention until after the initial intervention was completed.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Harvard Trauma Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline, 12 weeks, 3 months ]
    The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire measures PTSD Symptoms. This scale has 16 items and is rated on a Likert scale from 1-4. The total score is sum of the scores divided by the number of items. Higher scores indicated higher levels of PTSD symptoms.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00136357


Locations
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Former Yugoslavia
Jeta e Re High School
Suhareka, Kosovo, Former Yugoslavia
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: James S Gordon, MD The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Additional Information:
Publications:
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Responsible Party: James S. Gordon, M.D., Founder and Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00136357    
Other Study ID Numbers: MBSG 2004-01
First Posted: August 29, 2005    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: February 16, 2015
Last Update Posted: February 16, 2015
Last Verified: February 2015
Keywords provided by James S. Gordon, M.D., The Center for Mind-Body Medicine:
posttraumatic stress
mind-body techniques
war
adolescents
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders