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Evaluating the manual in Iraq

29 September, 2009

ScreeningLRA formal evaluation of the Writing for Recovery manual will be conducted this year in one of the worst conflict affected areas inside Iraq. Several locations have been identified.

The work will take forward earlier findings from field tests in the Middle East that suggest the manual’s structured and expressive writing exercises, which help writers to focus on specific traumatic events, can lead to PTSD-symptom reduction.

The Foundation recently decided to support an Iraq study. The study is a randomised control trial with repeated measures, and it follows the manual’s recommendation for mass delivery to groups of up to 50 participants as this is recognised as a cost effective approach. Specialised attention for young people in Iraq experiencing psychological distress is being strengthened, and therefore, the potential to offer relief to larger numbers could prove beneficial, particularly as the intervention can be delivered by teachers and lay professionals once trained. Additionally, group exercises amongst traumatised children have been viewed as a positive experience preferred by many young people over one-to-one intervention (Giannopoulou, Dikaiakou & Yule, 2006). The sample size is anticipated to be around 200 adolescent participants ranging in age from 12 to 17 years.

Read more about the project and our other projects here.