The From Survivor to Thriver Program: RCT of an Online Therapist-Facilitated Program for Rape-Related PTSD.
This study evaluated the efficacy of the From Survivor to Thriver program, an interactive, online therapist-facilitated cognitive-behavioral program for rape-related PTSD. Eighty-seven college women with rape-related PTSD were randomized to complete the interactive program (n = 46) or a psycho-educational self-help website (n = 41). Both programs led to large reductions in interview-assessed PTSD at post-treatment (interactive d = 2.22, psycho-educational d = 1.10), which were maintained at three month follow-up. Both also led to medium- to large-sized reductions in self-reported depressive and general anxiety symptoms. Follow-up analyses supported that the therapist-facilitated interactive program led to superior outcomes among those with higher pre-treatment PTSD whereas the psycho-educational self-help website led to superior outcomes for individuals with lower pre-treatment PTSD. Future research should examine the efficacy and effectiveness of online interventions for rape-related PTSD including whether treatment intensity matching could be utilized to maximize outcomes and therapist resource efficiency.
Littleton, Heather; Grills, Amie E.; Kline, Katherine D.; Schoemann, Alexander M.; and Dodd, Julia. 2016. The From Survivor to Thriver Program: RCT of an Online Therapist-Facilitated Program for Rape-Related PTSD.. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Vol.43 41-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.07.010 ISSN: 1873-7897