An Uncontrolled Trial of a Present-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Academic Article uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of a present-focused version of cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (CBCT for PTSD) was examined in a community sample. METHOD: Seven couples completed pretreatment assessments, including measures of clinician-, self- and partner-rated PTSD symptoms and relationship satisfaction. Six couples completed present-focused CBCT for PTSD and all posttreatment assessments. A seventh couple terminated their relationship prior to completing treatment; therefore, they completed posttreatment symptom measures, but not ratings of relationship satisfaction. RESULTS: Results revealed significant decreases in PTSD symptoms that were associated with medium-to-large effect sizes. Medium effect sizes for changes in relationship satisfaction were found, though were only significant for partners. CONCLUSION: Results from this pilot study suggest that present-focused CBCT for PTSD may be a promising alternative for individuals who are unwilling to engage in a trauma-focused treatment.


  • Pukay-Martin, Nicole D
  • Torbit, Lindsey
  • Landy, Meredith SH
  • Wanklyn, Sonya G
  • Shnaider, Philippe
  • Lane, Jeanine EM
  • Monson, Candice M

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  • April 2015

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