A randomized controlled trial of a web-based early intervention for children and their parents following unintentional injury

J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Jul;35(6):581-92. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp095. Epub 2009 Nov 11.


Objective: The aim of this article was to evaluate the effectiveness of an information provision web-based early intervention via a randomized controlled trial for children and their parents following pediatric unintentional injury.

Method: Participants were randomly assigned to an intervention (n = 29) or a control group (n = 27) following baseline measurements. Further assessment was taken at 4-6 weeks and 6 months post-trauma event.

Results: Analyses revealed that children within the intervention group reported improved anxiety, in comparison to a worsening of symptoms for children in the control group. Furthermore, children who had higher baseline trauma scores reported the intervention to be helpful.

Conclusions: The intervention showed promising results in its ability to aid child recovery.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • Early Intervention, Educational
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Patient Selection
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology*