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Immediate treatment following the November 13 attacks: Use of an EMDR emergency protocol

Abstract : Objective : The objective of this article is to report on an emergency posttraumatic treatment following the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Method : Thirty-six children and 20 adults were treated with EMDR therapy or debriefing within 48 hours after the attacks. Quantitative assessments were performed pre- and post-treatment and at a 3-month follow-up. Results : The EMDR treatment administered to the children and the debriefing used with the adults both showed their efficacy through the reduction on all quantitative measures. Discussion : Our results indicate that the EMDR approach and emergency treatment strategies may be promising treatment strategies that are non-invasive and preventive. Although these results should be completed by studies on larger samples with a control group, they remain promising in that they suggest that an emergency psychological treatment based on EMDR procedures may prove effective in preventing the installation of a post-attack posttraumatic stress disorder.
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Marie-Jo Brennstuhl, Fanny Bassan, Anne-Marie Fayard, Mathieu Fisselbrand, Amandine Guth, et al.. Immediate treatment following the November 13 attacks: Use of an EMDR emergency protocol. European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 2019, 3 (1), pp.17-21. ⟨10.1016/j.ejtd.2018.09.004⟩. ⟨hal-02943781⟩



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