UM Researchers Seek Children Suffering From Nightmares for Study

March 20, 2014

MISSOULA – More than 5 million children in the United States experience trauma each year, which can contribute to a range of sleep difficulties. Researchers in the University of Montana Clinical Psychology Program are seeking children who struggle with nightmares and sleep disturbances after suffering trauma for a treatment study.

The treatment is part of a research study to test the effectiveness of Exposure, Relaxation and Rescription Therapy. ERRT is an effective treatment for adults who suffer with trauma-related nightmares and researchers in UM’s Research on Implementation Science and Trauma in Youth Lab have modified the treatment to test with children.

If the treatment is effective, ERRT-C will be a breakthrough brief nightmare treatment for children who have experienced trauma in their lives, according to UM researchers.

The serious nature and long-lasting trauma symptoms in some children can carry into adulthood, but a successful treatment potentially could reduce post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.

Participants must be 8 to 13 years old, have experienced a traumatic event, have a minimum of four nightmares in a month, have a parent or legal guardian also participate and be able to read and speak English.

Treatment sessions will be held at UM and include an initial evaluation, treatment once per week for five weeks, a post-treatment evaluation and three- and six-month follow-up appointments. Participants will be compensated up to $50.

Call the lab at 406-243-6684 to see if your child is eligible.




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Contact: Cameo Borntrager, assistant professor for the department of psychology, UM Clinical Psychology Program, 406-243-5191,