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

Farah Deeba, Ronald M. Rapee*

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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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