This paper was delivered at the National Institute of Mental Health Symposium on Traumatized Children, April 1986, Rockville, Maryland. It was revised in June 1988 for publication in this journal.
Treating psychic trauma in children: A preliminary discussion†
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1989 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 3–20, January 1989
How to Cite
Terr, L. C. (1989), Treating psychic trauma in children: A preliminary discussion. J. Traum. Stress, 2: 3–20. doi: 10.1002/jts.2490020103
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: JUL 1988
- psychic trauma;
- play therapy;
- child psychotherapy;
- child psychiatry
Treatment techniques for psychic trauma in children are as yet at a very preliminary stage. No generally accepted research study has established one certain technique as standard. Possibilities for treatment of childhood post-traumatic stress disorders cluster into family, group, and individual treatments. Among the individual treatment modalities available, play therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies, and medication hold the most promise. A combination of several of these treatments would, in most cases, be the best program available today.