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The Supporting Kids in Trauma Treatment (SKITT) Study
Clinical Trial ( IRB ) #: 16-231-1
Title: The Supporting Kids in Trauma Treatment (SKITT) Study
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carolyn Greene
Description: Children who have experienced trauma and who are participating in psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rely on the support of their parents. In fact, parents can play a crucial positive role in enhancing the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for PTSD. However, parents also experience severe stress when their child experiences trauma. This stress can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when parents have additional stress in their lives, or have also experienced trauma. As a result, parents may be working hard to manage their own stress responses. The purpose of this research study is to get a better understanding of these stressors and how they affect parents and children so that we can better address these factors in therapy. Hypotheses Hypothesis 1: Parent's emotion regulation, parent's emotion socialization of their child, and child dysregulation will sequentially mediate the relationship between parent's childhood trauma history and child's PTSD severity. Hypothesis 2: Parent's participation in treatment will mediate the relationship between parent's emotion regulation and improvement in child PTSD symptoms. Goal The goal of the proposed study is to provide an empirical test of the associations between parental trauma history and traumatic stress reactions, parental emotion regulation, parents' ability to provide emotional guidance, support, and security to their traumatized child ("emotion socialization"), and the severity of traumatized children's PTSD symptoms and the ability of evidence-based PTSD therapy to enable them to recover from PTSD. Investigating these associations will contribute to our understanding of the parent-child emotional processes that contribute to child PTSD severity and treatment response and provide empirical guidance for clinicians and researchers who are attempting to both involve parents as effective contributors to evidence-based interventions for their traumatized children and support them in recovering from their own emotional dysregulation. Specific Objectives The study will collect data from parents, teachers, and children's clinicians at the outset of TF-CBT in order to test hypothesized links between parental traumatic stress, parental emotion regulation, parents' emotion socialization of their child, and the severity of traumatized children's PTSD. Follow-up data will be collected from child clinicians at the completion of TF-CBT to determine whether parents' emotion regulation is associated with their child's improvement in PTSD and related symptoms.
  Psychiatry - Child and Adolescent
  Stress Disorders
Eligibility Criteria: Check with study contact
How to Contact: Victoria Scranton. Telephone: (860) 679-7533. Email: vscranton@uchc.edu
Enrollment Status/Comments: Enrolling/recruiting. For current recruitment status, please check with study contact.