The efficacies of three relaxation regimens in the treatment of PTSD in Vietnam war veterans

Charles G. Watson, James R. Tuorila, Kristin S. Vickers, Lee P. Gearhart, Claudia M. Mendez

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Abstract

Ninety male Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were administered relaxation instructions, relaxation instruction with deep breathing exercises, or relaxation instructions with deep breathing training and thermal biofeedback. Improvement appeared on only 4 of the 21 PTSD and physiological dependent variables Studied. All 21 Treatment X Time interactions were nonsignificant. This suggests that the treatments were midly therapeutic, but that the additions of training in deep breathing and thermal biofeedback did not produce improvement beyond that associated with simple instructions to relax in a comfortable chair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-923
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume53
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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