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Psychological distress, anxiety and depression are common in adolescence, and even more so following traumatic events. On Friday 15 March 2019, two mosques in Christchurch were targeted in an act of terrorism, resulting in 71 people being injured and 51 people being shot dead. This has had widespread repercussions in the Muslim and wider community in Christchurch and New Zealand. Uptake of a response pathway set up by community and district health board groups has been low despite reports of high levels of distress in the adolescent population. The proposed study offers a transdiagnostic group treatment approach (ie. Targeting broad range of emotional difficulties) for teenagers affected by the March 15th shootings, incorporating a faith-based element based on Islamic psychology to address the local population's need. Investigators will assess the feasibility of this approach and offer the opportunity to screen and identify individuals in need of more intensive intervention. Investigators will run two gender-specific treatment groups (8 participants each) recruited from the community, with one individual session (for information and consent) and 5 group sessions. Self-report questionnaires will measure symptoms of emotional difficulties, trauma symptoms and functioning at baseline, end of treatment and at 3 months follow-up. In addition, participants will answer weekly brief measures to monitor for any increased distress.


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NCT number NCT05030909
Study type Interventional
Source University of Otago
Contact Katherine Donovan, BABMCh
Phone +64 3 3726700
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date August 30, 2021
Completion date February 1, 2022

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