Support for Students Exposed to Trauma

A Pilot Study

Published in: School Mental Health, v. 1, no. 2, June 2009, p. 49-60

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2008

by Lisa H. Jaycox, Audra K. Langley, Bradley D. Stein, Marleen Wong, Priya Sharma, Molly M. Scott, Matthias Schonlau

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With high rates of trauma exposure among students, the need for intervention programs is clear. Delivery of such programs in the school setting eliminates key barriers to access, but there are few programs that demonstrate efficacy in this setting. Programs to date have been designed for delivery by clinicians, who are a scarce resource in many schools. This study describes preliminary data from a pilot study of a new program, Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), adapted from the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. Because of its pilot nature, all results from the study should be viewed as preliminary. Results show that the program can be implemented successfully by teachers and school counselors, with good satisfaction among students and parents. Pilot data show small reductions in symptoms among the students in the SSET program, suggesting that this program shows promise that warrants a full evaluation of effectiveness.

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