The Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy on the Emotion Regulation and Emotion Recognition of Addicted Individuals

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soheyla meysami bonab 1 , * , Abbas Abolghasemi 2 , Mohammadreza Sheikhian 3 , Usha Barahmand 2 , Morad Rasooliazad 4

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Mohaghegh Ardabili University, Ardabil, Iran

2 Department of Pathology, Mohaghegh Ardabili University, Ardabil, Iran

3 Internist, Ardabil, Iran

4 Department of Clinical Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: meysami bonab S, Abolghasemi A, Sheikhian M, Barahmand U, Rasooliazad M. The Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy on the Emotion Regulation and Emotion Recognition of Addicted Individuals, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2012 ; 14(10):e93177.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 14 (10); e93177
Published Online: October 24, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 06, 2012
Accepted: April 29, 2012
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Abstract

Background : The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy on the emotion regulation and emotion recognition of addicts with traumatic experience.
Materials and Methods : This research is an experimental study with pre and post-test design and a control group. The subjects of this study were selected using random sampling method on drug addicts of Ardebil Addiction Treatment Camp who have successfully completed the detoxification period and they were evaluated in two different experimental (15 individuals) and control (15 individuals) groups. The experimental group was treated with EMDR therapy for 8 sessions (each one for 60 minutes) and the control group received no special treatment. All participants filled a questionnaire of Emotion Regulation and Emotion Recognition at the onset of the research and 2 months after termination of treatment. For the data analysis, SPSS-17 software and covariance analysis were used.
Results : The results of covariance analysis test indicated that the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy intervention increased the average of positive emotion regulation and emotion recognition scores in the post-test phase and significantly reduced the average of negative emotion regulation scores.
Conclusion : These results suggest that the treatment of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is effective in improving regulation and recognition of emotions in addicts with traumatic experience.

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