Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Anne Fields-Ford, Ph.D


This was a study of avoidant behavior and intrusive thoughts that occurred in a rape victim diagnosed with PTSD. Cognitive restructuring as a behavioral intervention was used to decrease the frequency of avoidant behaviors and intrusive thoughts displayed by the subject. Test results depict a significant decline in the frequency of avoidant behaviors and intrusive thoughts. Limitations to this study include an inability to provide strong evidence as to whether or not the intervention caused the observed changes, lack of control for any alternative explanations, and time restraint. This study was not conclusive. Further study is warranted to fully understand the relationship between cognitive intervention and the avoidant behaviors and intrusive thoughts that occur within the diagnosis of PTSD.

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