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Learning from an Iranian man about CBT for treatment of PTSD

Dora Bernardes (Based at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK)

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1757-0980

Article publication date: 17 November 2011




Extensive research has been carried out to show the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention approaches to treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not many studies have been carried out that investigate clients' firsthand accounts of this treatment modality, particularly so amongst ethnic minority populations. This article aims to provide a small contribution towards that end by presenting a case study of CBT treatment for PTSD symptoms with an Iranian client.


A combination of quantitative and qualitative data were used to monitor progress and evaluate the treatment approach.


Both qualitative and quantitative findings highlight that a CBT approach used to treat PTSD symptoms with an Iranian client had some positive effects in terms of the client's general mental health.

Research limitations/implications

Despite limitations concerning a single case study and mixed evidence regarding the efficacy of CBT for PTSD with an Iranian client, this study has some implications for culturally sensitive practice with BME communities.


This article may be of value to clinicians and researchers interested in tailoring CBT approaches working with ethnic minorities.



Bernardes, D. (2011), "Learning from an Iranian man about CBT for treatment of PTSD", Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 210-216.



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