Practitioner review: Post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment in children and adolescents

Patrick Smith, Tim Dalgleish, Richard Meiser-Stedman

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Important advances in understanding traumatic stress reactions in children and young people have been made in recent years. The aim of this review was to synthesise selected recent research findings, with a focus on their relevance to clinical practice. We therefore address: findings on the epidemiology of trauma exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); recent changes to diagnostic classification; implications for screening and assessment of traumatic stress reactions; and treatment outcome studies including interventions for acute and chronic PTSD, dissemination of effective treatments into community settings, and early interventions. We conclude with recommendations for clinical practice and suggestions for future areas of research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-515
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number5
Early online date23 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Cognitive therapy
  • diagnosis
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • trauma
  • treatment trials

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