The Effectiveness of a Group Counseling Program Based on Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) in Reducing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among a Sample of Traumatized Adolescents

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Bdair, Dana
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An-Najah National University
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a group counseling program based on prolonged exposure therapy (PE) in reducing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among a sample of traumatized adolescents in Palestine. The sample consisted of 17 adolescents who live at Dar Al-Yateem Al-Arabie society in Tulkarm, Palestine ranging from 11-16 years of age. One group quasi-experimental design was used, in which the experimental group received counseling program based on prolonged exposure techniques over 7 weeks, 2 sessions per week. The performance of the group was tested before and after the intervention. Results demonstrated that the group counseling program was effective in reducing PTSD symptoms among the sample members. Moreover, significant differences were showed in PTSD symptoms between males and females in favor of females. These findings support the implementation a of a group counseling program which used prolonged exposure techniques with adolescents who have PTSD or other related problems.
Group counseling for adolescents , prolonged exposure therapy , posttraumatic stress disorder , Palestine