Psychosocial intervention and dreaming among war-affected Palestinian children

Samir R. Qouta, Kirsi Peltonen, Safwat Y. Diab, Suvi Anttila, Esa Palosaari, Raija Leena Punamäki*

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We examined, first, what kind of dreams can protect children's mental health from impacts of war trauma, and, second, analyzed whether a psychosocial intervention (Teaching Recovery Techniques [TRT]) is effective in changing dream characteristics (e.g., bizarreness, emotional valence, and the dreamer's role) to be more beneficial or functional. Dream data of 257 Palestinian children (56.3% girls: 10-13-years) based on 14-night diaries was collected in the aftermath of a major war. Of these children 150 participated in the TRT and 107 were controls. They reported their posttraumatic stress (PTSD), depressive symptoms, and psychosocial well-being at baseline and 6 months follow-up. Principal component analyses revealed 3 dream

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-118
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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