Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and somatization: An open trial

Carlos I. Pérez Benítez*, Caron Zlotnick, Judelysse Gomez, Maria J. Rendón, Amelia Swanson

*Corresponding author for this work

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No treatment, to date, has been developed to improve both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS), despite mounting evidence of high comorbidity between PTSD and MUPS. This study assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and treatment outcomes of an adapted cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and abridged somatization in a sample of eight participants. Fifteen percent of completers did not meet PTSD criteria after treatment completion and 62.5% improved their somatic symptoms. There was a significant difference between pre- and post-treatment depression symptoms, as well as in psychological and physical functioning measures. Results indicated a small to moderate effect size (d = 0.27-0.78) in PTSD severity scores, and moderate to large effect size in depression symptoms and psychosocial and physical functioning variables (d = 0.39-1.12). Preliminary evidence of acceptability indicates that the current CBT intervention may be suitable for Latinos individuals with PTSD and MUPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-289
Number of pages6
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Multiple unexplained physical symptoms
  • Open trial
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Somatic symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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