Evaluation of the Teaching Recovery Techniques community-based intervention for unaccompanied refugee youth experiencing post-traumatic stress symptoms (Swedish UnaccomPanied yOuth Refugee Trial; SUPpORT): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
In 2015, 162,877 persons sought asylum in Sweden, 35,369 of whom were unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs). Refugee children, especially URMs, have often experienced traumas and are at significant risk of developing mental health problems, such as symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, which can continue years after resettlement. The Swedish UnaccomPanied yOuth Refugee Trial (SUPpORT) aims to evaluate a community-based intervention, called Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT), for refugee youth experiencing PTSD symptoms.
A randomised controlled trial will be conducted in which participants will be randomly allocated to one of two possible arms: the intervention arm (n?=?109) will be offered the TRT programme, and the waitlist-control arm (n?=?109) will receive services as usual, followed by the TRT programme around 20?weeks later. Outcome data will be collected at three points: pre-intervention (T1), post-intervention (T2; about 8?weeks after randomisation) and follow-up (T3; about 20?weeks after randomisation).
This study will provide knowledge about the effect and efficiency of a group intervention for URMs reporting symptoms of PTSD in Sweden.
ISRCTN, ISRCTN47820795. Prospectively registered on 20 December 2018.