Recently published article in Journal of Clinical Psychology examined the impact of treating PTSD on anger and aggression among US military personnel who received trauma-focussed therapy, namely individual or group-based Cognitive Processing Therapy. The findings indicated small to moderate reductions in anger, psychological aggression (e.g. insulting or swearing), and physical aggression. The majority of participants continued to endorse anger and aggression at posttreatment. It’s worth noting that trauma-focussed therapy reduced anger and aggression with effects similar to therapeutic interventions that specifically target these issues. However, the fact that the majority of participants continued to endorse anger and psychological aggression following treatment indicates that more should be done to address these issues among military personnel.
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