Psychological Therapies for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Trauma

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Systematic review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: October 2016

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that psychological therapy is more effective than other options for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. These therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, narrative therapy, psychoeducation, and supportive therapy. Researchers found that psychological therapy was more effective than other options at preventing PTSD for up to a month after treatment. They concluded that more research is needed to show which psychological therapies work best for children who have been exposed to trauma.

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Gillies, D., Maiocchi, L., Bhandari, A. P., Taylor, F., Gray, C., & O'Brien, L. (2016). Psychological therapies for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 2016 (10). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012371.