Assessing the Feasibility and Acceptability of Narrative Exposure Therapy to Address IPV-related Mental Health in Parenting and Pregnant Adolescents

Volpe, E. M.,
Quinn, C. R.,
Resch, K.,
Douglas, V.,
Cerulli, C.
Published: Electronically published in 2016
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Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of Family Violence

Many low-income urban adolescents experience violence, often resulting in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an innovative intervention that facilitates therapeutic processing of traumatic memories. In this study, the authors examined the feasibility of implementing NET among adolescents at risk for PTSD and depression. Two community-based agencies hosted five focus groups with predominantly African-American adolescents (n = 28) and one with service providers (n = 11). Data analysis identified individual-, relationship-, and community-level barriers and facilitators to NET therapy engagement. Overall, results indicate that participants have favorable attitudes about NET and the provision of the therapy within trusted community agencies. These findings will be used to inform the next steps of NET implementation, training, and psychoeducation. Modified Author Abstract.

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