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'I Can't Concentrate': A Feasibility Study with Young Refugees in Sweden on Developing Science-Driven Interventions for Intrusive Memories Related to Trauma.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature281293
Source
Behav Cogn Psychother. 2017 Mar;45(2):97-109
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-2017
Author
Emily A Holmes
Ata Ghaderi
Ellinor Eriksson
Klara Olofsdotter Lauri
Olivia M Kukacka
Maya Mamish
Ella L James
Renée M Visser
Source
Behav Cogn Psychother. 2017 Mar;45(2):97-109
Date
Mar-2017
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Attention
Cognitive Therapy - methods
Feasibility Studies
Female
Humans
Male
Memory
Mental health
Mental Recall
Refugees - psychology
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic - psychology - therapy
Sweden
Young Adult
Abstract
The number of refugees is the highest ever worldwide. Many have experienced trauma in home countries or on their escape which has mental health sequelae. Intrusive memories comprise distressing scenes of trauma which spring to mind unbidden. Development of novel scalable psychological interventions is needed urgently.
We propose that brief cognitive science-driven interventions should be developed which pinpoint a focal symptom alongside a means to monitor it using behavioural techniques. The aim of the current study was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the methodology required to develop such an intervention.
In this study we recruited 22 refugees (16-25 years), predominantly from Syria and residing in Sweden. Participants were asked to monitor the frequency of intrusive memories of trauma using a daily diary; rate intrusions and concentration; and complete a 1-session behavioural intervention involving Tetris game-play via smartphone.
Frequency of intrusive memories was high, and associated with high levels of distress and impaired concentration. Levels of engagement with study procedures were highly promising.
The current work opens the way for developing novel cognitive behavioural approaches for traumatized refugees that are mechanistically derived, freely available and internationally scalable.
PubMed ID
28229806 View in PubMed
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