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Start as you mean to carry on: The emerging evidence base for the treatment of conflict-related mental health difficulties in children and adolescents

  • Richard Meiser-Stedman (a1) and Leila R. Allen (a1)
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In this editorial, we discuss Morina and colleagues' meta-analysis of psychological therapies for youth with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression following conflict. Recent years have seen significantly more randomised controlled trial evidence addressing the needs of this population. More work is needed to understand post-traumatic depression, dissemination, timing of intervention and whether trauma-focused interventions are essential.

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Richard Meiser-Stedman, Department of Clinical Psychology, Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK. Email: r.meiser-stedman@uea.ac.uk
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See pp. 247–254, this issue.

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R.M.S. is on the advisory board of the Children and War Foundation.

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