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Psychological First Aid With Children in a High Risk Group - a Repeated Single Case Design

This study has been completed.
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First received: May 31, 2012
Last updated: December 4, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
The purpose of this pilot-study is to evaluate a cognitive behavioral method "Psychological First Aid" used with a group of children (11-16 years) in high risk of developing psychological problems. Participants are recruited from a low-threshold program ("The Children's House in Oslo") where counseling is given to children suspected of being physically or sexually abused, or having witnessed domestic violence. The study includes twelve children and teenagers that receive 2 to 6 sessions of counseling. Psychological problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, reactions to trauma) and quality of life will be assessed at pre- post and follow-up (after 3, 6 and 12 months). In addition, some symptoms of will be assessed daily.

Condition Intervention Phase
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Adjustment Disorder Behavioral: Psychological First Aid Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Psychological First Aid With Children in a High Risk Group - a Repeated Single Case Design

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Further study details as provided by Uni Research:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Children's Revised Impact of Event Scale (CRIES) [ Time Frame: One year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Child Post-Traumatic Cognition Inventory (CPTCI) [ Time Frame: One year ]

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2015
Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Psychological First Aid
Psychological material developed for children and adolescents, based on cognitive behavioral theory, used to structure therapeutic conversations and/or for self-help.
Behavioral: Psychological First Aid
A cognitive behavioral (CBT) method structuring and focusing psychological therapy sessions with children and adolescents having been exposed to potential trauma


Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children/adolescents that:

    • contact "The Children's House in Oslo" after having experienced potential traumatic event(s).
    • are assessed as having psychological symptoms related to potential trauma
    • are between 11 and 16 years old
    • agree to participate in the study (both the youth and his/her parents(s)
  • understand and speak Norwegian

Exclusion Criteria:

- Children/adolescents with:

  • mental retardation
  • reading skills below 8 year
  • psychosis
  • high risk of suicidal behavior is assumed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01612104

The Children's House in Oslo
Oslo, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Uni Research
Principal Investigator: Bente SM Haugland, PhD Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Western Norway
  More Information

Responsible Party: Uni Research Identifier: NCT01612104     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RKBU62
Study First Received: May 31, 2012
Last Updated: December 4, 2015

Keywords provided by Uni Research:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety symptoms
Depressive symptoms
Externalizing behavior
Reduced quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Adjustment Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017