Psychologists Give Some Guidance To Adolescents – Part 1 of 3
Psychologists Give Some Guidance To Adolescents. Teen girls struggling with post-traumatic emphasis on disorder stemming from sexual abuse do well when treated with a type of therapy that asks them to over and over confront their traumatic memories, according to a small new study. The study’s results suggest that “prolonged exposure therapy,” which is approved for adults, is more effective at helping adolescent girls bowled over post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than traditional supportive counseling. “Prolonged exposure is a type of cognitive behavior therapy in which patients are asked to recount aloud several times their traumatic experience, including details of what happened during the sense and what they thought and felt during the experience,” said study author Edna Foa, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
And “For example, a maid that felt shame and guilt because she did not prevent her father from sexually abusing her comes to realize that she did not have the power to prevent her father from abusing her, and it was her father’s fault, not hers, that she was abused. During repeated recounting of the injurious events, the patient gets closure on those events and is able to put it aside as something horrible that happened to her in the past. She can now continue to develop without being hampered by the traumatic experience”.
Foa and her colleagues reported their findings in the Dec 25, 2013 son of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers focused on a group of 61 girls, all between the ages of 13 and 18 and all suffering from PTSD joint to sexual abuse that had occurred at least three months before the study started. No boys were included in the research.