Date of Award

7-23-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Lucrecia V. Suárez, LCSW

Abstract

Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States and are at risk for more prevalent and more severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than the majority population. While interest in yoga as a treatment for mental disorders has increased in recent years, little research exists on its use as a therapy for PTSD. This paper reviews the evidence supporting the use of yoga as a treatment for PTSD with Latina women, especially related to the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, and outlines recommendations for its implementation with this population. Limitations, barriers, and directions for future research are discussed.

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