Last updated on December 2016

NET for SGBV Survivors in Eastern DR Congo


Brief description of study

Throughout the last 10 years Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) has evolved as one of the most effective, culturally sensitive trauma interventions. In the present study the effectiveness of NET delivered by trained health personnel in a sample of survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) who suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be assessed. Structured baseline, 3 and 6 month follow up interviews will be administered to assess the main outcome measures PTSD and shame. The trial will take place in Goma, DR Congo, where SGBV and its sequelae has been a major problem.

Detailed Study Description

Participants will be recruited through local NGOs and eligible clients randomized to the treatment (NET; app. N=80) or treatment-as-usual control (app. N=80) group, respectively. At baseline, 3-month and 6-month post-treatment, sociodemographic data, trauma exposure - esp. SGBV, PTSD, dissociation, shame, functionality and depression will be assessed in a structured interview. The interviews will be conducted by blind Congolese psychological interviewers after an intensive 3-weeks training and continuous supervision.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02989987

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Anke Koebach, Dr.

University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany
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