Jacqueline Feather

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Abused Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Development and Evaluation of a Manualised Treatment Programme

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Ms Feather’s research addressed the need for effective therapy for children with trauma from child abuse. Using local knowledge and experience combined with international research on evidence-based treatments, a trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy programme for New Zealand children was developed and evaluated. The research was carried out in a specialist setting designed to assist abused children. The children who participated had been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of abuse. Overall findings showed that with treatment, PTSD symptoms decreased and self-reported coping increased. Gains generally maintained or continued to improve over follow-up intervals. Initially tested with Pakeha, with adaptations, the treatment was found to be equally helpful for children and families of Maori, Pacific and other cultures. The results support the use of evidence-based treatments and research in child abuse and child protection settings, and highlight the contribution psychologists can make to ensure quality outcomes for this vulnerable population.

Supervisors
Associate Professor Paul Merrick
Professor Kevin Ronan

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