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Open Access The Effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in the Treatment of Traumatized Children and Youth

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This article provides a summary of all the studies that have investigated eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. The effectiveness of the treatment is revealed in more than 15 studies. This article considers the differences between Type I and Type II traumas and specifically examines the effects of EMDR on traumatic stress experienced by children and youth following Type I and Type II traumas. There is a considerable body of research evaluating EMDR treatment of Type I traumas, showing strong evidence for its efficacy, but there are few studies that have specifically investigated EMDR treatment of Type II traumas. The effect of EMDR on various symptoms and problem areas is also examined. Recommendations are made for the clinical application of EMDR and for further research.

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Keywords: CHILDREN; EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR); POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD); REVIEW; TRAUMA; TREATMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-02-01

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  • The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication devoted to integrative, state-of-the-art papers about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a broadly conceived interdisciplinary journal that stimulates and communicates research and theory about EMDR, and their application to clinical practice.
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