Title: Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children Using Cognitive Behavioural Writing Therapy
Authors: Van der Oord, Saskia ×
Lucassen, S
Van Emmerik, A. A. P
Emmelkamp, Paul M. G #
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: J. Wiley
Series Title: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy vol:17 issue:3 pages:240-249
Abstract: Objectives: This study evaluated the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Writing Therapy (CBWT) in 23 children (age 8-18 years) in the Netherlands, who experienced a range of single and recurrent traumatic experiences. CBWT uses exposure, cognitive restructuring and social sharing. Methods: At pre-test, post-test and follow-up, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depressive symptoms, trauma-related cognitions and general behavioural problems were assessed. Results: At post-test there was a significant reduction of all symptoms, and this effect was maintained at 6 months follow-up. The mean amount of treatment sessions needed was 5.5. Conclusions: This study shows that short-term CBWT is a potentially effective intervention for clinically referred traumatized children. There is now a clear need of establishing the effectiveness of CBWT in a randomized, controlled trial. Practice implication: This first study indicates CBWT is a promising treatment, which can easily be used in clinical practice. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1063-3995
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Units (-)
× corresponding author
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