Ptsd training: a new approach and a new methodology

Samantha Kilbourne., Brock Kilbourne., Jerry Goodman and Wade Harned

The present study compared individuals who were trained to report correct PTSD information to those who were not trained. The Operational Mobile Psychology Laboratory (OMPL) was developed to conduct an experiment in a natural field setting which allowed both random sampling and random assignment of participants. A three group design was utilized (PTSD Training Condition, Health Training Control Condition, and No Training Control Condition) (N = 322). The three conditions differed on Total PTSD Scores, Total Markov Scores, Total Process Scores, and Total Process Sigma Scores. Planned Orthogonal Comparisons indicated that the PTSD Training Condition was better at answering PTSD questions than the two Control Conditions and the two Control Conditions did not differ. These findings improve prediction of individual behavior in psychology experiments, increase internal and external validity, and supports the view that psychology is a stochastic, not a deterministic, science.

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