Applying EMDR on children with PTSD

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala 751 85, Sweden.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 3.34). 10/2007; 17(3):127-32. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-007-0646-8
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To find out child-adjusted protocol for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
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).
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.
A child-adjusted protocol for EMDR is suggested after being applied in a RCT for PTSD among traumatized and psychosocially exposed children.

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