Narrative Exposure Therapy: A Proposed Model to Address Intimate Partner Violence-Related PTSD in Parenting and Pregnant Adolescents

Ellen M. Volpe, Camille R. Quinn, Kathryn Resch, Marilyn S. Sommers, Elizabeth Wieling, Catherine Cerulli

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Abstract

Pregnant and parenting adolescents experience high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its sequelae posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Narrative exposure therapy (NET) is an innovative intervention that has demonstrated strong preliminary evidence in improving mental health. The specific aims of this article are 3-fold: (1) provide a brief background about IPV-related PTSD and depression among pregnant and parenting adolescents; (2) describe NET's theoretical principles, its therapeutic process, and provide a review of existing evidence; and (3) discuss NET as a potential treatment to address the mental health burden among adolescents experiencing IPV-related PTSD and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-277
Number of pages20
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • depression
  • intimate partner violence
  • narrative exposure therapy
  • posttraumatic stress disorder

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