The present case series examined a single-session, cognitive-behavioral anxiety sensitivity (AS) reduction program among five trauma-exposed adults. Participants (age range = 19-37. years) reported significantly elevated levels of AS at baseline, a history of posttraumatic stress disorder Criterion A trauma exposure, and no current Axis I psychopathology. The outcomes of the preventive intervention were examined with regard to 3-month postintervention changes in AS, posttraumatic stress, panic attack frequency and severity, negative affect levels, and behavioral functioning and impairment. Results demonstrated decreases in each of the studied outcomes over the examined time period. This preliminary yet uncontrolled data provides empirical evidence of the feasibility and support for the utilization of a brief AS reduction intervention program to target anxiety-related vulnerability among trauma-exposed adults.
- Anxiety sensitivity
- Interoceptive exposure
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology