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START adolescents: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of a low-threshold group treatment programme in traumatised adolescent refugees

Sobanski, Esther ; Hammerle, Florian; Dixius, Andrea; Möhler, Eva; Koudela-Hamila, Susanne 1; Ebner-Priemer, Ulrich 2; Merz, Christian J.; In-Albon, Tina; Pollitt, Brigitte; Christiansen, Hanna; Kolar, David; Ocker, Susanne; Fischer, Nicole; Burghaus, Ina; Huss, Michael
1 House of Competence (HoC), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Introduction No evaluated therapeutic approaches, that can efficiently be established in routine mental healthcare, are currently available for traumatised adolescent refugees in Germany. This study evaluates the efficacy of the Stress-Traumasymptoms-Arousal-Regulation-Treatment (START) programme to reduce trauma-related symptoms and psychological distress in traumatised adolescent refugees based in Germany.
Methods and analysis This randomised, waiting-list-controlled, multicentre trial with a 12-week follow-up will include 174 refugee minors with partial or full post-traumatic stress disorder who are fluent in either Arabic, Dari, English, German or Somali. Eligible refugee minors will be randomised to the START or waiting-list control groups. The manualised 8-week START programme is based on techniques of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), fosters adaptive coping with emotional distress and traumatic symptoms and comprises eight therapy modules and a booster session. Study assessments are planned at baseline, post-treatment (ie, after programme participation or waiting time), booster session at week 12 or 12-week waiting time, and at the 12-week follow-up. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000144481
Veröffentlicht am 04.04.2022
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT House of Competence (HoC)
Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 12.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2044-6055
KITopen-ID: 1000144481
Erschienen in BMJ Open
Verlag BMJ
Band 11
Heft 12
Seiten e057968
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 30.12.2021
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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