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Exploring the Efficacy of an Anger Management Programme for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

July, 2017
Article:

This study assessed the impact of attending a two-week residential treatment programme, to support anger difficulties in veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Abstract

This study assessed the efficacy of a two-week residential treatment programme to support anger difficulties in veterans diagnosed with PTSD. No differences in terms of baseline health outcomes and demographic characteristics were evident between those followed up and participants lost to follow-up. Significant reductions on the primary outcome measures of anger and aggressive behaviour were observed post-treatment. Examination of mean scores on the DAR-5 suggested anger difficulties was at sub-threshold levels following treatment. Significant, but more modest reductions were observed for symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety. Individuals who were unemployed, not in relationships or being defined as being early service leavers from the military had poorer treatment outcomes. In addition, higher rates of pre-treatment depression were associated with lower treatment efficacy. Whilst limitations exist, findings from the study suggest cautious optimism for the treatment of anger in veterans with co-morbid PTSD.

Full Reference

Murphy, D., Parry, B., Busuttil, W., 2017. Exploring the Efficacy of an Anger Management Programme for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. J Psychiatry Cogn Behav: JPCB-117.

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