Clinical Trial: Body-Oriented Therapy for Sexual Abuse Recovery

This study has been terminated.

Sponsored by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Information provided by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


The purpose of this study is to examine and compare the effects of two body therapy approaches in women who have experienced child sexual abuse.

Condition Treatment or Intervention Phase
Child Abuse, Sexual
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Behavior: Body-Oriented Therapy
 Behavior: Standardized Massage Therapy
Phase II

MedlinePlus related topics:  Mental Health;   Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Randomized, Open Label, Active Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study

Official Title: Delving Intervention and Mindbody Integration

Further Study Details: 

Expected Total Enrollment:  24

Study start: September 2002

Women who have experienced child sexual abuse often display symptoms of dissociation and lack of bodily self-awareness which hinder the recovery process. Mind-body researchers have examined alternative therapeutic approaches to eliminating these factors. This study will compare a standardized therapeutic message to body-oriented therapy which involves a combination of hands-on bodywork and verbal therapy focused on somatic and emotional awareness.


Ages Eligible for Study:  25 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Female


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-reported child sexual abuse
  • In current psychotherapy for child sexual abuse recovery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Over 6 months of past experience with body-oriented therapy
  • Diagnosis or medications for psychosis
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Current abusive relationship
  • Dissociative disorder
  • In transition on psychotropic medication

Location Information

      University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle,  Washington,  98195,  United States

Study chairs or principal investigators

Elaine A Thompson, PhD,  Study Chair,  Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing   

More Information

Study ID Numbers:  F31 -AT001053
Record last reviewed:  November 2004
Last Updated:  November 19, 2004
Record first received:  November 19, 2004 Identifier:  NCT00097305
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005