Randomized control trial of a CBT trauma recovery program in Palestinian schools

Ian G. Barron, Ghassan Abdallah, Patrick Smith

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    Uniquely the current study aimed to assess the Teaching Recovery Techniques trauma recovery programme within a context of ‘ongoing violence’. Utilising a randomised control trial N = 133 (11-14 yrs) students in Nablus, Palestine were allocated by class to intervention or wait-list control conditions. Standardized measures assessed trauma exposure, PTSD, grief and depression. Program fidelity and participant experience were measured by adherence questionnaire and focus groups. Analyses involved paired t-tests, ANCOVA and thematic analysis. Intervention students reported significant decreases in PTSD, grief and depression. In conclusion the TRT program has the potential to ameliorate children's trauma symptoms during situations of ongoing violence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)306-321
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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