Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Stacey Wood

Reader 2

Theodore Bartholomew

Rights Information

© 2024 Julia M Abate


Adolescents who are exposed to trauma are likely to experience psychological and physiological impacts from the traumatic experience. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a treatment developed for traumatized adolescents and their caregivers. TF-CBT combines the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure techniques to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The exposure techniques target the psychological symptoms and associated behavioral responses of people with PTSD. Previous research in PTSD treatment supports the practice of yoga as a complementary health approach to traditional treatment (Kim et al, 2013). However, the previous research does not have data on the effects of yoga as a complementary approach to PTSD treatment for adolescents. The expected results of this study anticipate that adolescents being treated for PTSD with TF-CBT and a complementary yoga treatment will have fewer symptoms post-treatment than adolescents treated for PTSD exclusively with TF-CBT. The results of this study intend to suggest that yoga is a complementary health approach for adolescents being treated for PTSD with TF-CBT.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.