Journal article

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Interpersonal Trauma in Transitional-Aged Youth

Wilma Peters, Simon Rice, Judith Cohen, Laura Murray, Carsten Schley, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Sarah Bendall

PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA-THEORY RESEARCH PRACTICE AND POLICY | EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING FOUNDATION-AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following interpersonal trauma in transitional-aged youth (TAY), aged 15 to 25, is highly prevalent; however, evidence-based interventions have rarely been studied. METHOD: A single-group pre-/posttest study was conducted at headspace Sunshine, Melbourne, Australia, evaluating the feasibility, acceptability, safety, tolerability, and potential clinical effectiveness of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). RESULTS: An intent-to-treat analysis was conducted for N = 20 participants (65% female, n = 13) who attended a mean of 15 TF-CBT sessions over 25 weeks. At the end of treatment, only 1 of the 16 participants with a baseline PT..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We have no known conflict of interest to disclose. We thank Dr. Firuz Begic, the study psychiatrist, and key staff of headspace, Sunshine for their support during the pilot. We acknowledge Han Duong and Sara Batleska, the youth research advisors whose input shaped this research project. Finally, and most importantly, we thank the young people and the parents for their participation in this study. Simon Rice and Sarah Bendall contributed equally to the supervision, writing review and editing. Judith Cohen and Laura Murray served in a supporting role for investigation. Carsten Schley served in a supporting role for the funding acquisition and project administration. Mario Alvarez-Jimenez served in a supporting role for supervision.