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Research suggests that children and young people (CYP) who witness domestic violence are susceptible to develop Post-traumatic stress (PTS). As their traumatic experiences are often repeated and prolonged, these CYP are likely to present with 'complex trauma' presentations, which also include other difficulties such as depressive symptoms and problems in functioning. This study aims to investigate whether Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) delivered via videoconferencing can be effective, feasible, and acceptable for CYP who witnessed domestic violence. NET is a brief, evidence-based intervention for complex trauma which has been adapted for CYP. The study will use a 'single case study series' design and look at whether NET can impact on PTS, psychological distress, and functioning. It will also look at the processes of change within NET and participants' experience of the therapy. Young people aged 12-17 who are experiencing PTS after exposure to domestic violence will be recruited from the waiting lists of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Up to six participants will receive six to ten weekly video sessions and the changes in the outcomes will be explored before, during and after NET. Finally, participants will be interviewed about their experiences. The study is part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme and funded by Health Education England. Potential benefits include investigating NET with a new group, contributing to the research on complex trauma interventions for CYP, and providing insights on the effectiveness and acceptability of therapies via video.


Clinical Trial Description

The purpose of the study is to investigate the potential effectiveness, feasibility, acceptability and putative mechanisms of change of video NET with children and young people who witnessed domestic violence. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate whether video NET can reduce PTS in this group. The secondary objectives of the study are: - To determine whether video NET can also impact on general psychological distress and functioning; - To examine the putative mechanisms of change within NET, i.e. habituation and integration of trauma memories; - To explore the feasibility and acceptability of video NET. ;


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NCT number NCT04866511
Study type Interventional
Source University of Nottingham
Contact Fiammetta Rocca, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, MSc
Phone 01158468181
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 2021
Completion date February 2022

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