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School-based intervention programs for PTSD symptoms: A review and meta-analysis

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  • Erika S. Rolfsnes,

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    1. University of Stavanger
    Current affiliation:
    1. Centre for Behavioural Research, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
    • International School of Stavanger, Treskeveien 3, N-4043 Stavanger, Norway
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    • Department of Student Support Services, International School of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.

  • Thormod Idsoe

    1. University of Stavanger and Center for Crisis Psychology
    Current affiliation:
    1. Centre for Behavioural Research, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway and Center for Crisis Psychology, Bergen, Norway
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  • This manuscript is partially based on a thesis written by Erika S. Rolfsnes, submitted to the University of Stavanger on May 25, 2009. Thormod Idsoe supervised the work.

Abstract

This is a review and meta-analysis of school-based intervention programs targeted at reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nineteen studies conducted in 9 different countries satisfied the inclusionary criteria. The studies dealt with various kinds of type I and type II trauma exposure. Sixteen studies used cognitive–behavioral therapy methods; the others used play/art, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and mind-body techniques. The overall effect size for the 19 studies was d = 0.68 (SD = 0.41), indicating a medium-large effect in relation to reducing symptoms of PTSD. The authors' findings suggest that intervention provided within the school setting can be effective in helping children and adolescents following traumatic events.

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