This research was supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation and the Minnesota Veterans Research Institute, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The effectiveness of a trauma focused spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma†
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 425–438, April 2011
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Harris, J. I., Erbes, C. R., Engdahl, B. E., Thuras, P., Murray-Swank, N., Grace, D., Ogden, H., Olson, R. H.A., Winskowski, A. M., Bacon, R., Malec, C., Campion, K. and Le, T. (2011), The effectiveness of a trauma focused spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma. J. Clin. Psychol., 67: 425–438. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20777
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
Building Spiritual Strength (BSS) is an 8-session, spiritually integrated group intervention designed to address religious strain and enhance religious meaning making for military trauma survivors. It is based upon empirical research on the relationship between spirituality and adjustment to trauma. To assess the intervention's effectiveness, veterans with histories of trauma who volunteered for the study were randomly assigned to a BSS group (n = 26) or a wait-list control group (n = 28). BSS participants showed statistically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms based on self-report measures as compared with those in a wait-list control condition. Further research on spiritually integrated interventions for trauma survivors is warranted. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:1–14, 2011.