Evaldas Kazlauskas, Eglė Mažulytė, Paulina Želvienė, Miglė Dovydaitienė, Paulius Skruibis


Preliminary results of Vilnius study on the effectiveness of a Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (BEPP) are presented in this article. BEPP is a 16 session trauma-focused psychotherapy, that was developed in Netherlands, integrating various methods from different theoretical perspectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of BEPP and to measure the dynamics of posttraumatic stress symptoms and other psychological problems during the treatment. Ten adults (aged 36.1 on average) with clinically significant symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder participated in this study. Time after the traumatic event was 7 years and 4 months on average. We found a significant reduction of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms after the BEPP treatment. Positive effects of BEPP intervention were not only the changes in posttraumatic stress reactions, but also included the increase of subjective well-being, better functioning, and the decline of problems and destructive tendencies. Study results indicated the effectiveness of BEPP treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in Lithuanian sample. Further studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of BEPP treatment in Lithuanian population. Limitations related to the participant sampling and the lack of a comparison group are discussed.

Article in Lithuanian

Keyword(s): posttraumatic stress, psychotherapy, effectiveness
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2013.116
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