Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Robin R. Whitebird


This systematic review examines the efficacy of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) as an intervention in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Upon thorough review of the present literature, 7 articles met criteria. Common themes identified throughout the reviewed studies include TF-CBT versus other interventions, use of an engagement intervention, outcome influences, reduction in PTSD symptoms, and integrating TF-CBT into practice. Results of this review conclude TF-CBT is an effective treatment intervention for reducing PTSD symptoms in children and adolescents, yet further research needs to be done to be able to properly integrate the program in foster care and in-home family therapy settings, as well as with the developmentally disabled population.


TF-CBT, PTSD, children, adolescents

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