Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children Witnessing Domestic Violence: A Systematic Review


Social Work

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

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Clinical research paper


Kari L. Fletcher


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based treatment. The primary use was with children and youth who has been or continues to be exposed to trauma. The objective of this systematic review was to focus on the effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to reduce post-traumatic symptoms of children. The study is inclusive of children ages three to 18 years old, who witnessed domestic violence. Ten empirical intervention studies were selected for inclusion in findings. The articles were obtained and analyzed from six databases. Evidence based practice was used as the conceptual framework. The purpose of the framework is to examine the aspects that makes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy an effective treatment for children who were exposed to domestic violence. Findings for this study supported that Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy decreased the externalizing, internalizing, and post-traumatic symptoms. This study describes in depth in the discussion on limitations and recommendations for future research as the findings implied.


children, domestic violence, CBT

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