Treatment of Formerly Abducted Children (FAC) in Uganda

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
German Research Foundation
Information provided by:
University of Konstanz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00552006
First received: October 31, 2007
Last updated: March 7, 2011
Last verified: July 2008

October 31, 2007
March 7, 2011
November 2007
November 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Load of traumatic symptoms measured via the CAPS (Clinician-administered PTSD scale) [ Time Frame: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after completion of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Load of traumatic symptoms measured via the PDS (Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale) and the CAPS (Clinician-administered PTSD scale) [ Time Frame: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after completion of treatment ]
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Load of depressive symptoms measured via the MINI, strength of suicidal ideation measured via the MINI, functionality measured via the CAPS, feelings of guilt measured via the CAPS, stigmatization measured via an adapted version of the PSQ [ Time Frame: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after completion of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Load of depressive symptoms measured via the HSCL, strength of suicidal ideation measured via the MINI, functionality measured via an adapted functionality scale, aggressiveness measured via an adapted version of the Aggression Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after completion of treatment ]
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Treatment of Formerly Abducted Children (FAC) in Uganda
A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial (RCCT) to Test the Effectiveness of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) Versus an Attention Control Condition (AC) in Reducing Trauma Related Symptoms in Formerly Abducted Children and Former Child Soldiers Suffering From Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In the aftermath of traumatic experiences like natural disasters or man-caused traumatic events, such as war experiences, a substantial part of the affected individuals develop a number of psychological symptoms. The characteristic symptom pattern occurring in the aftermath of traumatic events is called posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and includes functional impairment of the affected individuals. The investigators want to test whether Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an effective tool in reducing trauma related symptoms in formerly abducted children and youths and former child soldiers, when applied by lay personnel.

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Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Behavioral: Narrative Exposure Therapy

    Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is based on Testimony Therapy in combination with cognitive behavioural exposure techniques and elements of client-centered counselling. In cooperation with the therapist the clients can restore their autobiographic memories about their traumatic experiences. In this way fragmentary memories are transformed into a coherent narrative structure. This practice enables the processing of painful emotions and the construction of clear contingencies of dangerous and safe conditions, generally leading to significant emotional recovery. Therapeutic aims are the reduction of PTSD-Symptomload via activation of fear-network and habituation of fear and the placement of traumatic experiences in a reconstructed, detailed and consistent autobiography.

    NET will be applied in eight sessions (90-120min/session) in a standardized, manualized manner.

    Other Name: NET
  • Behavioral: Academic Counseling

    Missing time in educational life is one major issue for formerly abducted people. The Academic Counseling (AC) intervention is an active Control condition and improves English skills and works at the same time on concentration, learning and memory abilities. The clients will gain some of the abilities and skills they might have lost or developed weaknesses in due to their abduction.

    AC will be applied in eight sessions (90-120min/session) in a standardized, manualized manner.

    Other Name: AC
  • Experimental: NET
    Intervention: Behavioral: Narrative Exposure Therapy
  • Active Comparator: AC
    Intervention: Behavioral: Academic Counseling
  • No Intervention: WL
    Waiting list
Ertl V, Pfeiffer A, Schauer E, Elbert T, Neuner F. Community-implemented trauma therapy for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2011 Aug 3;306(5):503-12. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1060.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
85
November 2009
November 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • clinical diagnosis of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) derived from expert interviews
  • member of the group of formerly abducted people or former child soldiers

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current substance dependence
  • mental retardation
  • psychotic disorder
Both
12 Years to 25 Years
No
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Uganda
 
NCT00552006
NE 1390/2-1
No
Prof.Dr. Frank Neuner, Bielefeld University
University of Konstanz
German Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: Frank Neuner, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bielefeld University
Principal Investigator: Thomas Elbert, Univ.-Prof. Dr. University of Konstanz
Study Director: Verena Ertl, Dipl.-Psych. (MSc) Bielefeld University
University of Konstanz
July 2008

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