Preliminary evaluation of a video-based intervention for older adult victims of violence

Author(s)Acierno, Ron, Rheingold, Alyssa, Resnick, Heidi and Stark-Riemer, Wendy
Title Preliminary evaluation of a video-based intervention for older adult victims of violence
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress, Dec 2004, Vol 17 Issue 6, pp.535-541
Date 2004
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study evaluated a video-based intervention designed for older victims of crime. The aim of the video-based treatment was to increase knowledge about symptoms of PTSD and depression but not including specific therapeutic behaviours. Participants in the study were adults aged 55 and over who had experienced criminal victimisation within the previous month. The results showed that although there was increased knowledge regarding post-victimisation symptomatology, coping behaviour and safety planning, there was no improvement on specific indices of anxiety, PTSD or depression. However 96% of the participants reported that they found the video effective. A weakness of the study was that 29% of the sample dropped out in 6 weeks. It is suggested that future research is needed in the areas of knowledge about coping skills and reactions that were not improved. The article concludes that video-based interventions may prove to be a useful, inexpensive method for disseminating trauma-related information to victims of crime.
Keywords Reactions to crime; coping strategies; advocate based service.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment