Information-provision intervention for children and their parents following pediatric accidental injury

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Aug;17(5):316-25. doi: 10.1007/s00787-007-0673-5. Epub 2008 Mar 18.


Objective: This study evaluated an early intervention for children and their parents following pediatric accidental injury.

Method: Information booklets provided to participants within 72 h of the initial trauma detailed common responses to trauma, the common time course of symptoms, and suggestions for minimizing any post-trauma distress. Following admission for traumatic injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, falls and sporting injuries a total of 103 children (aged 7-15) and their parents were evaluated at pre-intervention, 1 month, and 6 months post-trauma. The intervention (N = 33) was delivered to one of two hospitals, the second hospital was the control (N = 70).

Results: Analyses indicated that the intervention reduced child anxiety symptoms at 1-month follow-up and parental posttraumatic intrusion symptoms and overall posttraumatic symptoms at the 6-month follow-up. No other differences between the intervention and control groups were found.

Conclusion: Overall, the information-based early intervention is simple, cost-effective method of reducing child and parent distress post-trauma.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Accidents, Traffic / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / prevention & control
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Athletic Injuries / psychology*
  • Child
  • Education*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Pamphlets
  • Queensland
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / prevention & control*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology*