Judith A. Cohen

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OBJECTIVE To examine the differential efficacy of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and child-centered therapy for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related emotional and behavioral problems in children who have suffered sexual abuse. METHOD Two hundred twenty-nine 8- to 14-year-old children and their primary caretakers(More)
OBJECTIVE Treatment outcome for sexually abused preschool-age children and their parents was assessed, comparing the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention to nondirective supportive treatment. METHOD Sixty-seven sexually abused preschool children and their parents were randomly assigned to either (1) cognitive-behavioral therapy adapted for(More)
OBJECTIVE The role of demographic, developmental, and familial mediating factors on treatment outcome of sexually abused preschool children was evaluated. METHOD Sixty-seven sexually abused preschool children and their parents were evaluated shortly after disclosure of sexual abuse and then were provided with one of two treatment interventions. At the(More)
New Orleans school children participated in an assessment and field trial of two interventions 15 months after Hurricane Katrina. Children (N = 195) reported on hurricane exposure, lifetime trauma exposure, peer and parent support, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depressive symptoms. Teachers reported on behavior. At baseline, 60.5% screened(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate community-provided trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) compared with usual community treatment for children with intimate partner violence (IPV)-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial conducted using blinded evaluators. SETTING Recruitment, screening, and treatment(More)
The recent wave of terrorism affecting the United States and other countries raises concerns about the welfare of children and adolescents. This review is designed to address such concerns by summarizing data from two scientific areas. First, a series of recent studies examine psychiatric outcomes over time in children exposed to various forms of trauma.(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure the durability of improvement in response to two alternative treatments for sexually abused children. METHOD Eighty-two sexually abused children ages 8-15 years old and their primary caretakers were randomly assigned to trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) or non-directive supportive therapy (NST) delivered over 12(More)
OBJECTIVE Treatment outcome in sexually abused preschool children was evaluated 6 and 12 months after treatment. METHOD Forty-three sexually abused preschool children and their parents were evaluated 6 and 12 months after completion of either Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Sexually Abused Preschoolers (CBT-SAP) or nondirective supportive therapy (NST).(More)
The impact of providing early interventions to acutely traumatized children is not yet known. No research has examined the potential benefits or harm of providing brief psychosocial interventions to children in the immediate aftermath of trauma exposure. Three studies have documented the efficacy of providing trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy(More)
This Practice Parameter reviews the evidence from research and clinical experience and highlights significant advances in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder since the previous Parameter was published in 1998. It highlights the importance of early identification of posttraumatic stress disorder, the importance of gathering(More)