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Presentatie Masterthese - Sophie Burwick - Ontwikkelingspsychologie

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Evaluating EMDR and KIDNET Through the Eyes of Traumatized Refugee Children in the Netherlands - A Qualitative Study
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29-08-2022 09:00
29-08-2022 10:00

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Refugee minors are at high risk of developing a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the exposure to multiple traumatic events. So-called ‘mental health barriers’ often impede treatment uptake within this population. Moreover, trauma-focused interventions have shown to be less effective in refugee minors than in non-refugee minors. Given the negative long-term consequences of untreated PTSD, insights into the specific needs of refugee children will provide useful implications for practitioners to adapt interventions accordingly, eventually increasing treatment accessibility and effectiveness within this population. 

Consequently, a culturally sensitive approach to trauma-focused treatment is essential. The present study aimed to qualitatively assess refugee children’s experiences with the culturally sensitive implementation of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy (KIDNET), provided by ARQ Centrum’45. Qualitative interviews have been conducted with both refugee children and their caregivers with regard to a) the barriers and facilitators to treatment engagement, b) the evaluation of EMDR and KIDNET and the factors contributing to successful treatment outcomes, and c) the effectiveness of EMDR and KIDNET beyond quantitative changes in PTSD symptoms. The findings are discussed in light of the exisiting research, and implications for future research and the clinical practice are described.