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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Parents Following Their Child’s Single-Event Trauma

A Meta-Analysis of Prevalence Rates and Risk Factor Correlates

About the Course:

This course reviews a study of the prevalence rates and risk factors for the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in parents following their child’s single-event trauma. Parents of children who experience trauma may develop PTSD which impacts both parent and child functioning. This course reviews a meta-analysis of the literature and discusses the rates of PTSD, as well as the factors related to the development of PTSD, including pre-trauma factors, trauma-related variables, and demographic factors for both parent and child. Additionally, this study discusses the factors relating to the parent’s post-traumatic cognition, psychological functioning, and coping strategies. A discussion of the implications of these findings is also discussed.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Parents Following Their Child’s Single-Event Trauma created by Lucy A. Wilcoxon, PhD., Richard Meiser-Stedman, PhD, and Aaron Burgess , PhD. in 2021.

Publication Date:

Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 24, 725–743 (2021) Sep 2021

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Lucy A. Wilcoxon, PhD.
Lucy A. Wilcoxon is a lecturer at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. She has published 4 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Richard Meiser-Stedman, PhD
Richard Meiser-Stedman is a professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. His main research interest is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. From 2016 to 2020 Dr Meiser-Stedman undertook an NIHR Career Development Fellowship. This Fellowship focused on evaluating the efficacy of cognitive therapy for PTSD in children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
Aaron Burgess , PhD.
Aaron Burgess is a clinical lecturer at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia,. Dr. Burgess's research interests are the comorbidity of mental health disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders and how interventions need or can to be adapted for patients and their families. He has published two articles in pee reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist
Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the definition and symptoms of PTSD, as well as the cognitive models of PTSD.
  2. Discuss the prevalence of PTSD in parents following their child's single-event trauma based on the current literature.
  3. Describe the factors relating to the parent’s post-traumatic cognition, psychological functioning and coping strategies.
  4. Discuss the pre-trauma factors, objective trauma-related variables, and demographic factors for both parent and child.
  5. Describe the recommendations for clinicians to help identify and to provide interventions with parents who are most vulnerable to adverse post-traumatic reactions within the context of child trauma.


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Course Material Authors

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Course Creator: Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist

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