Posttraumatic stress disorder in adults associated with childhood violence and abuse: improving understanding and treatment.
The experience of emotional, physical or sexualized violence, in connection with neglect and abuse in childhood and adolescence, is associated with numerous health, psychological, and neurobiological consequences. One possible consequence is the development of post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The aim of ENHANCE is to expand the understanding of PTSD associated with childhood trauma on a psycho-biological level and to investigate the mode of action of psychotherapeutic treatment measures. This should lead to an improved response to psychotherapy and ultimately to a reduction in stress and an increase in quality of life for those affected.
"FLUCHT-021 START-Consortium: "Projekt A3 Junge Erwachsene“ evaluates an adapted behavioral therapeutic group treatment for refugees with severe deficits in emotional regulation and coping strategies for everyday life in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. In the feasibility study, traumatic distress is to be reduced and the proportion of adaptive stress management strategies increased. The program includes elements of psychoeducation, mindfulness, stress and emotional regulation. Furthermore, cognitive elements of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (Tf-KBT), nightmare therapy and biofeedback training are used. The latter is intended to reduce stress by inducing a relaxation reaction through the simultaneous visualization of a safe place. In addition, an existing gap in mental health care is be closed and empirical knowledge about the mental health of the refugee population is be generated.
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