Traumatic experiences and EMDR in childhood and adolescence. A review of the scientific literature on efficacy studies
The aim of thie review is to examine the effiacy of EMDR treatment on children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder symptoms through comparisons with other established trauma treatment or no treatment control groups.
It was conducted a literature search concerning the effects of EMDR treatment on symptomatologic pictures derived by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis in children and adolescents by analysing digital databases like PsycINFO, MEDLINE, Google Scholar and Cochrane Library and with a traditional research method, targeting revisions and articles.
Results show efficacy of EMDR especially accodring to th enumber of sessions. Fewer EMDR sessions are associated with the best outcomes.
These findings support the use of EMDR for treating symptoms of PTSD in children, although further replications and comparisons are required.