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Helping Children With Trauma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02737488
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : April 14, 2016
Last Update Posted : March 31, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
NYU Langone Health

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a trauma treatment called Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) decreases children's mental health symptoms (such as acting out, not controlling their emotions, etc.) as a result of a traumatic event (or events). A traumatic event or events can include experiencing or witnessing violence, excessive bullying, war, car accident, serious injury, getting mistreated or anything else that makes one feel scared or frightened. Children/teens who experience traumatic events have been shown to be at higher risk of poor mental and physical health. Trauma can impact family life, school life and interpersonal relationships well into adulthood. Unfortunately, most children who have experienced traumatic events do not undergo treatment. Although promising treatments do exist, most do not address the complexity of trauma, particularly related to ongoing stress and threats to safety in their environments. One hundred and twenty eligible youth will be randomized to receive either treatment with TST at NYU's Child Study Center or trauma treatment as usual (TAU) at a community mental health clinic.

It is hypothesized that:

  • Youth receiving TST will demonstrate a greater decrease in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms at the 3, 6, and 9-month follow-up assessments compared to youth receiving treatment as usual (TAU) in the community.
  • Youth receiving TST will demonstrate a greater decrease in symptoms of depression, anxiety and problem behaviors (aggression, violence, self-destructive behaviors, etc.) at the 3-, 6- and 9-month follow-up assessments compared to youth receiving TAU.
  • Youth receiving TST will have fewer acute mental health service events, such as psychiatric hospitalizations and ED visits compared to youth receiving TAU.
  • Greater fidelity to the TST model is associated with better treatment outcomes among youth receiving TST.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Trauma Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Behavioral: Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) Behavioral: Treatment as Usual (TAU) Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 14 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Helping Children With Trauma
Study Start Date : February 1, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 1, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : February 1, 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: TST Behavioral: Trauma Systems Therapy (TST)
Treatment will be delivered by clinicians and trainees working at the CSC who have been trained in delivering TST. Participants who begin treatment in the safety-focused phase will have their treatment sessions in their homes. Whenever a child enters a different phase of treatment, he or she will go to the site for office visits. At the beginning of treatment, TST clinicians will do a brief diagnostic assessment. All documentation that is completed by the clinician as part of TST treatment at the NYU Langone Medical Center will be documented using Epic, a standard of care integrated health information system for patient safety. Although we are not providing the CSC's standard of care in this study,we are replicating standard care as TST is standard care in other settings. Providing medication is part of standard TST treatment and conforms to good usual practice integrated with psychotherapy. Medication will not be prescribed for research purposes.

Active Comparator: TAU Group Behavioral: Treatment as Usual (TAU)

Youth in the control group will be referred to a mental health clinic in close proximity to their residence, in order to receive an evaluation and trauma treatment as usually provided. It cannot be specifically determined, in advance, the nature of this treatment.

The clinics will be contacted after the family enrolls to determine if there was a specific protocol followed. An NYU CSC research coordinator will contact the clinic and assist in scheduling the subject's first visit. Families who do not enroll in any community treatment or dropout of treatment will be followed according to the research protocol for data collection. At the 3, 6, and 9 month assessments, the research coordinator will request the patient's records from the community treatment clinic they are attending in order to track and keep record of the youth's treatment modality, progress, and visit frequency.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. UCLA-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-Reaction Index-DSM-IV (UCLA-PTSD-RI-DSM-IV) [ Time Frame: 9 Months ]
    The primary outcome (PTSD symptom severity) will be collected at 3, 6 and 9 months post-randomization in addition to baseline. The effect of TST compared with TAU will be evaluated based on mixed effects model for longitudinal data.

  2. Child Stress Disorder Checklist (CSDC) [ Time Frame: 9 months ]
    The primary outcome (PTSD symptom severity) will be collected at 3, 6 and 9 months post-randomization in addition to baseline. The effect of TST compared with TAU will be evaluated based on mixed effects model for longitudinal data.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 7 and 17.
  • Have experienced a trauma and have symptoms of that trauma for more than 1 month
  • Have a legal guardian who is willing to give consent and a primary caregiver who will be available for assessments.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Reside outside the study area
  • Currently participating in another study
  • Do not speak English
  • Receive psychotherapy elsewhere
  • Have a sibling already participating in the study
  • Are acutely suicidal or homicidal
  • Demonstrate they are in immediate danger
  • Legal guardian does not give consent
  • If the primary caregiver does not speak English, does not have consistent access to a telephone, does not have the capacity to answer questions, the child will be excluded.
  • If a potential subject has started, stopped, or changed a psychotropic medication within 2 weeks of their intake appointment. If the family is willing to wait for 2 weeks the participant may then be eligible.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02737488

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United States, New York
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Sponsors and Collaborators
NYU Langone Health
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Principal Investigator: Glenn Saxe, MD

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Responsible Party: NYU Langone Health Identifier: NCT02737488     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 15-01251
First Posted: April 14, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 31, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Keywords provided by NYU Langone Health:
Trauma Systems Therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Wounds and Injuries
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders