Post-traumatic stress disorder in children and young people: understanding the evidence-practice gap

Finch, Jodie (2019) Post-traumatic stress disorder in children and young people: understanding the evidence-practice gap. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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The aim of this research was to understand clinicians’ experiences of working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. A systematic review was conducted to explore the factors fostering or impeding clinicians’ use of evidence-informed interventions when working with this population. The review included 34 relevant studies and synthesised the literature, identifying a number of key barriers including a fear of causing further distress to service users, and a lack of training and supervision. An empirical study was conducted to further explore these issues. An online survey, completed by 717 clinicians working with young people who have experienced trauma in the UK, explored the current provision being offered to this population, as well as the training and supervision being provided to clinicians. The study attempted to understand the relationships between training, supervision, confidence and likelihood of implementing evidence-informed interventions for PTSD in children and young people. Overall the primary predictors of clinicians’ use of evidence-informed practices for the treatment of PTSD in young people were ongoing training and supervision. The receipt of training and supervision improved clinician confidence and addressed some of the key barriers identified within the literature. These findings are discussed in relation to the evidence base, and recommendations for clinical practice and future research are highlighted.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 12:52
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 12:52

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