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Forgiveness-based Writing for Traumatic Stress Disorders

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Led By Catherine R. Barber, PhD
Research Sponsored by South Central VA Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be between 18 and 65 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up one-month follow-up
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate a forgiveness-based writing intervention in an open trial with 20 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans who have recently experienced combat-related trauma to: Determine the feasibility of delivering the intervention. Evaluate the acceptability of the intervention. Collect preliminary outcome data on PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety, anger, and forgiveness.

Eligible Conditions
  • Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~baseline, one-week post, one-month follow-up
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and baseline, one-week post, one-month follow-up for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
CSQ-8 (Client Satisfaction Questionnaire)
TEI-SF (Treatment Evaluation Inventory-Short Form)
Secondary outcome measures
DASS-21 (Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales)
PCL-C (PTSD Checklist- Civilian Version)
PTCI (Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory)
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Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Forgiveness-based WritingExperimental Treatment1 Intervention

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Who is running the clinical trial?

South Central VA Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical CenterLead Sponsor
9 Previous Clinical Trials
176 Total Patients Enrolled
Catherine R. Barber, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorMIRECC Affiliate
~1 spots leftby Jul 2025