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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in the treatment of victims of domestic violence: A pilot study

Abstract : Abstract Introduction : The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of EMDR in reducing PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression. Method : Thirty-six women participated in this study; 12 were treated with EMDR, 12 received eclectic psychotherapy, and 12 were assigned to the control group. Result : Women in the EMDR condition showed significantly reduced PTSD and anxiety compared with those in the eclectic psychotherapy condition. The two psychotherapy approaches led to significantly reduced scores (PTSD, depression, anxiety) after treatment compared to the control group. These effects were maintained at the 6-month follow-up. Finally, effect sizes for the IES and STAI scores were greater for the subjects in the EMDR condition. Conclusion : This study met our expectations in the sense that our findings confirm the advantages and the potential of EMDR.
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C. Tarquinio, M.-J. Brennstuhl, J.A. Rydberg, A. Schmitt, F. Mouda, et al.. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in the treatment of victims of domestic violence: A pilot study. European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, Elsevier, 2012, 62 (4), pp.205-212. ⟨10.1016/j.erap.2012.08.006⟩. ⟨hal-02943874⟩

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