Involving parents in indicated early intervention for childhood PTSD following accidental injury

Cobham, Vanessa E. and March, Sonja and De Young, Alexandra and Leeson, Fiona and Nixon, Reginald and McDermott, Brett and Kenardy, Justin (2012) Involving parents in indicated early intervention for childhood PTSD following accidental injury. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review , 15 (4). pp. 345-363. ISSN 1096-4037

Abstract

Accidental injuries represent the most common type of traumatic event to which a youth is likely to be exposed. While the majority of youth who experience an accidental injury will recover spontaneously, a significant proportion will go on to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And yet, there is little published treatment outcome research in this area. This review focuses on two key issues within the child PTSD literature-namely the role of parents in treatment and the timing of intervention. The issue of parental involvement in the treatment of child PTSD is a question that is increasingly being recognized as important. In addition, the need to find a balance between providing early intervention to at risk youth while avoiding providing treatment to those youth who will recover spontaneously has yet to be addressed. This paper outlines the rationale for and the development of a trauma-focused CBT protocol with separate parent and child programs, for use with children and adolescents experiencing PTSD following an accidental injury. The protocol is embedded within an indicated intervention framework, allowing for the early identification of youth at risk within a medical setting. Two case studies are presented in order to illustrate key issues raised in the review, implementation of the interventions, and the challenges involved.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media. First published online 12 Sep 2012. Permanent restricted access to Published Version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 02:05
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: accidental injury; children; PTSD; post-traumatic stress disorder
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10567-012-0124-9
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22009

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