Evaluation of an innovative intervention for traumatized children from a low resourced country

Farah Deeba, Ronald M. Rapee*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Asking children to care for a toy animal following a severe trauma has previously shown mental health benefits. In this study 129 children aged 5-9 from two shelter-homes in Bangladesh were randomly allocated to receive a toy animal plus rehearsal of positive statements or treatment as usual and were re-assessed after three weeks. Those receiving tau then received the toy only and were reassessed after another three weeks. The largest reductions in symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression were shown by those receiving the combined intervention. This procedure provides a potential very low-cost intervention for use in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-169
Number of pages13
JournalMental Health and Prevention
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma
  • children
  • developing countries

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