Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Joanne Rhone, Ph.D.

Abstract

Although much research has been done on group therapy and the male veteran, little attention has been given to female veterans in groups. Because of this, the researcher examined the extent to which an intervention based on group therapy decreased nightmares in a female veteran who was raped.

Using a single system AB design, over a fourteen week period, with the baseline and intervention phases each consisting of seven weeks, group therapy was used in the intervention phase to determine whether traumatic nightmares could be reduced. The veteran was selected because of the numerous times she had experienced nightmares during the week. Analysis of the result revealed that the intervention was not effective in reducing nightmares. Implications for these findings for future research and social work practice are discussed.

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