As in many other challenging humanitarian contexts, young people in Afghanistan experience significant mental health challenges but have extremely limited access to evidence-based treatments.
In this study, the authors piloted a randomised controlled trial examining the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of MEmory Training for Recovery-Adolescent (METRA) in improving psychological symptoms among Afghan adolescent boys following a terrorist attack.
The authors' findings suggest that guided exercises to improve memory function combined with trauma-focused writing can reduce psychological distress among adolescent boys in humanitarian contexts in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. They conclude that with some modifications, MEmory Training for Recovery-Adolescents appears to be a feasible intervention for adolescent boys in humanitarian contexts in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.
This study is part of a research project led by Sayed Jafar Ahmadi (Bard University) and Laura Jobson (Monash University) and was funded by Elrha’s R2HC fund.
Examining MEmory Training for Recovery-Adolescent among Afghan adolescent boys: a pilot randomised controlled trial, was first published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology on 6 September, 2023.
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