Treatment of Formerly Abducted Children (FAC) in Uganda
|Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic||Behavioral: Narrative Exposure Therapy Behavioral: Academic Counseling|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||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)|
- 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 ]
- 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 ]
|Study Start Date:||November 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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
|Active Comparator: AC||
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
No Intervention: WL
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00552006
|Vivo Counselling Centre|
|Anaka, Amuru, Uganda|
|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|