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Efficacy of Short–Term Anxiety-Regulating Psychotherapy on Love Trauma Syndrome

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Mahmood Dehghani 1 , * , Mohammad- Kazem Atef-Vahid 2 , Banafsheh Gharaee 2

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1 PhD student of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Research Center and Tehran Psychiatric Institute, Iran University of Medical Sciences. Shahid Mansoori Alley, Niayesh St, Sattarkhan Ave, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Research Center and Tehran Psychiatric Institute, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Dehghani M, Atef-Vahid M K, Gharaee B. Efficacy of Short–Term Anxiety-Regulating Psychotherapy on Love Trauma Syndrome, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(2):18-25.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (2); 18-25
Published Online: December 31, 2011
Article Type: Original Article
Received: September 19, 2010
Revised: July 13, 2011
Accepted: July 22, 2011

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Abstract

Objective: This study has been conducted to investigate the efficacy of short-term dynamic psychotherapy on Love Trauma Syndrome (LTS) in female students. LTS includes a constellation of intensive signs and symptoms which appear following the breakdown of a romantic relationship after a long time. It interrupts person's function in many areas (academic, social or professional) and leads to maladaptive reactions.

Methods: This study was a multiple baseline single-case experimental study. The sample included five cases who were selected based on purposeful sampling procedure. The intervention was conducted based on McCullough's manual for short-term dynamic psychotherapy. In general, the study consisted of three stages including the baseline evaluation, the intervention period, and follow-up. The instruments included the Love Trauma Inventory (LTI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Global Assessment Function (GAF) of DSM-IV and Millon Personality Inventory MCMI-II the data were analyzed using the clinical significance method and the recovery percent formula.

Results: All subjects who completed the treatment showed significant improvement in their symptoms including depression and general functioning.

Conclusion: It appears that McCullough's short term anxiety-regulating psychotherapy is effective in treating LTS.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Clinical trial registration: URL: 13Thttp://www.irct.ir/13T Unique identifier: IRCT 138903063996N2

Citation: Dehghani M, Atef-Vahid MK, Gharaee B. Efficacy of short–term anxiety-regulating psychotherapy on love trauma syndrome. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2011; 5(2): 18-25.

Keywords

Depression Love Trauma Syndrome Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

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