Clinical Trial: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups

This study is no longer recruiting patients.

Sponsored by: Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Information provided by: Center for Mind-Body Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00136357

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the participation in a group program which includes meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques will decrease symptoms of posttraumatic stress in high school students.
Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
 Behavior: Mind-Body Skills Groups

MedlinePlus related topics:  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Educational/Counseling/Training, Randomized, Open Label, Active Control, Single Group Assignment, Efficacy Study

Official Title: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Kosovar High School Students Using Mind-Body Skills Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Further Study Details: 
Primary Outcomes: Changes in score on the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire.; Measurements taken at beginning of study, at 12 weeks (following intervention) and at 3 month follow-up.
Expected Total Enrollment:  82

Study start: August 2004;  Study completion: December 2005
Last follow-up: May 2005;  Data entry closure: May 2005

To determine whether participation in a group program incorporating mind-body techniques decreases symptoms of posttraumatic stress in adolescents. Students will be screened for posttraumatic stress using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire and eighty two qualifying students will be randomly assigned to a 12-session mind-body group program or a wait-list delayed intervention group. The program will be conducted by the teachers at a high school in Kosovo and include meditation, biofeedback, drawings, autogenic training, genograms, and a variety of movement and breathing techniques. Changes in posttraumatic stress symptoms will be measured using the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire.

Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:  14 Years   -   19 Years,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Students having posttraumatic stress (PTSD) as defined according to a scoring algorithm of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire previously described by the Harvard Refugee Trauma group and used in a Kosovar Albanian population. This definition of PTSD requires a score of 3 or 4, on a Likert scale of 1-4, on at least one of the four of the reexperiencing symptoms (Criterion B), at least 3 of the 7 avoidance and numbing symptoms (Criterion C), and at least 2 of the 5 arousal symptoms (Criterion D). In addition to exposure to a traumatic event (Criterion A).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No specific exclusion criteria. Students having PTSD symptoms as defined above may participate in the study.

Location Information


Former Yugoslavia, Kosovo
      Jeta e Re High School, Suhareka,  Kosovo,  Former Yugoslavia

Study chairs or principal investigators

James S Gordon, MD,  Principal Investigator,  Center for Mind-Body Medicine   

More Information

Publications

Gordon JS, Staples JK, Blyta A, Bytyqi M. Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in postwar Kosovo high school students using mind-body skills groups: a pilot study. J Trauma Stress. 2004 Apr;17(2):143-7.

Study ID Numbers:  MBSG 2004-01; Not Applicable
Last Updated:  August 26, 2005
Record first received:  August 26, 2005
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:  NCT00136357
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on 2005-09-13

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