EMDR versus waiting list in refugee children

This project is a collaborative effort to study the effects of EMDR as a trauma-focused therapy for refugee children in a RCT.

Research questions are: 1. How high/low are levels of symptomatology of depression and/or PTSD in traumatised refugee children in Centrum’45?, 2. Is EMDR effective in decreasing symptoms and in improving quality of life at the end of treatment and/or follow-up? The design of the study is a randomized controlled trial using standardized questionnaires as well as structured interviews and performance data.
Refugee children between 8 and 18 years of age will be randomly assigned to either EMDR or waitlist control. Standardized instruments will be employed before and after treatment and at 3 months follow-up.


Mooren, T. (2011). Ouders en kinderen samen: meergezinsbehandeling van vluchtelingen met complexe traumaklachten. Psychologie & gezondheid, 39, 169-174.