European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 316–325 | Cite as

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

  • Justin Kenardy
  • Katie Thompson
  • Robyne Le Brocque
  • Katherine Olsson



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


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).


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.


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


children injury posttraumatic stress prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin Kenardy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Katie Thompson
    • 1
  • Robyne Le Brocque
    • 2
  • Katherine Olsson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD), Mayne School of MedicineUniversity of QueenslandHerston, BrisbaneAustralia

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