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Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Apr;17(3):127-32.

Applying EMDR on children with PTSD.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala 751 85, Sweden. abdulbaghi.ahmad@bupinst.uu.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To find out child-adjusted protocol for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

METHOD:

Child-adjusted modification were made in the original adult-based protocol, and within-session measurements, when EMDR was used in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on thirty-three 6-16-year-old children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

RESULTS:

EMDR was applicable after certain modifications adjusted to the age and developmental level of the child. The average treatment effect size was largest on re-experiencing, and smallest on hyperarousal scale. The age of the child yielded no significant effects on the dependent variables in the study.

CONCLUSIONS:

A child-adjusted protocol for EMDR is suggested after being applied in a RCT for PTSD among traumatized and psychosocially exposed children.

PMID:
17846813
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