A recent study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a specific type of talk therapy dramatically improved trauma symptoms in vulnerable children in Zambia. The results of the study are published in the June 29 issue of JAMA Pediatrics.

The vulnerable children who took part in the study experienced trauma such as sexual and domestic abuse. After therapy was administered, trauma symptom scores (measures of sleep problems, feelings of sadness and the ability to talk about experiences) fell by 82 percent when compared to a group of vulnerable children who were not administered the therapy. 

Amazingly, the administrators who dispensed the talk therapy were not professionals, but were trained lay workers who had no mental health education proving that low-resource countries can benefit from these treatments.

To read the press release, click here.