EMDR and exercise: Treating PTSD in female veterans


The problem was that there was a gap in the literature on providing female-specific interest in EMDR and exercise as treatments for PTSD. The purpose of this study was to describe the severity of PTSD symptoms, mental health stigma, and quality of life in female veterans, and furthermore, to understand the level of desire among these women to engage in exercise and EMDR for PTSD treatment. The study was conducted utilizing a correlational quantitative research design. A sample size of 173 female veterans completed self-report assessments including the PTSD Check List Military Version (PCL-M), the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness Inventory (ISMI-9), the Quality of Life (QoL) scale and interest questions. The population was purposefully sampled from social media platforms across the United States’ veteran population. The results were assessed utilizing parametric statistics to identify significant differences among variables. Conclusions of the study identified the prevalence of PTSD, negative mental health stigma, the quality of life, and interest for utilizing EMDR and exercise as PTSD treatments by female veterans, adding gender specific data to the existing literature.






Ericka Day



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