Assessment and Treatment of PTSD After a Motor Vehicle Collision: Empirical Findings and Clinical Observations

This article reports the findings of a literature review on the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in people who experience a serious motor vehicle accident (MVA). The authors focused on instruments that can be used to screen for and assess symptoms of the disorder. They review the approaches to the treatment of PTSD in this population, separated into interventions designed to prevent PTSD in unselected samples, treatment targeting individuals with Acute Stress Disorder that are designed to prevent subsequent development of PTSD, and therapy for individuals with chronic PTSD. Topics include exposure therapy, mindfulness medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and general supportive counseling, including group therapy. The authors describe several approaches to treatment that have good potential outcomes, although continued work is needed to identify factors that predict treatment response, as well as augment individual-based treatment formats.

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  • Authors:
    • Beck, J Gayle
    • Coffey, Scott F
  • Publication Date: 2007-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01105323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2008 8:10AM