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School for Social Work


Psychic trauma-Treatment, Post-traumatic stress disorder-Treatment, Abused women-Mental health, Women-Violence against-Psychological aspects, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Stress (Psychology)-Treatment, Contemplation-Psychological aspects, Interpersonal conflict, Violence-Psychological aspects, Trauma, Interpersonal violence, Mindfulness, Contemplative practice, Women


This pilot randomized control trial (RCT) addressed the design and evaluation of a traumainformed adaptation of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (TI-MBSR) as a phase I trauma intervention for a sample of female interpersonal trauma survivors. A mixed methods approach included using quantitative measures to assess the effects of the intervention on symptoms of depression, PTSD, anxiety, thought suppression, mindfulness, relational communication, and attachment for this community based sample. Follow-up qualitative phenomenological interviews were conducted with six intervention group participants in an attempt to understand the lived experience of women. Statistically significant decreases were found for measures of depression, PTSD, anxiety, thought suppression, and anxious attachment. Qualitative interviews revealed rich experiences pertaining to several factors, including: expectations had entering into the intervention, defenses, symptoms, and adaptive coping, direct experience of the TIMBSR intervention, and the intrapersonal and interpersonal impacts on the lives of participants. TIMBSR appears to be a promising phase I intervention for survivors of interpersonal trauma.




215 pages. Dissertation (Ph.D.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-173)