A follow-up study of a multisite, randomized, controlled trial for children with sexual abuse-related PTSD symptoms

Esther Deblinger, Anthony P. Mannarino, Judith A. Cohen, Robert A. Steer

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether the differential responses that previously have been found between trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and child-centered therapy (CCT) for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related problems in children who had been sexually abused would persist following treatment and to examine potential predictors of treatment outcome. METHOD: A total of 183 children 8 to 14 years old and their primary caregivers were assessed 6 and 12 months after their posttreatment evaluations. RESULTS: Mixed-model repeated analyses of covariance found that children treated with TF-CBT had significantly fewer symptoms of PTSD and described less shame than the children who had been treated with CCT at both 6 and 12 months. The caregivers who had been treated with TF-CBT also continued to report less severe abuse-specific distress during the follow-up period than those who had been treated with CCT. Multiple traumas and higher levels of depression at pretreatment were positively related to the total number of PTSD symptoms at posttreatment for children assigned to the CCT condition only. CONCLUSIONS: Children and caregivers assigned to TF-CBT continued to have fewer symptoms of PTSD, feelings of shame, and abuse-specific parental distress at 6- and 12-month assessments as compared to participants assigned to CCT. Copyright 2006

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1474-1484
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume45
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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