Efficacy of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth and Emotional Management Among Physically Abused Children




Background: Numerous children are abused by their caregivers. Physical abuse is among the most destructive kinds of maltreatment that is highly related to physical and psychological problems in victims. Objectives: This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in facilitating posttraumatic growth and emotional management among physically abused children. Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental research with pretest-posttest design and control group; 40 abused primary school boys in Kermanshah were selected with cluster sampling and divided into case and control groups each of 20 subjects. Data analysis was performed by SPSS22 using descriptive statistics and covariance analysis. Results: Posttest scores of posttraumatic growth variable were significantly different between experimental and control groups. The mean score of emotional management variable in the experimental group was considerably higher than that of the control group. Conclusions: TF - CBT can facilitate posttraumatic growth and emotional management in physically abused children.