Treatment of Children With Peer Related Aggressive Behavior (ScouT)

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Brief Title

Treatment of Children With Peer Related Aggressive Behavior (ScouT)

Official Title

Treatment of Children With Peer Related Aggressive Behavior With the Computer Based Treatment Program ScouT - a Randomized Controlled Trial

Brief Summary

      The efficacy of the computer based Treatment Program for Children with Aggressive Behaviour
      (Soziales computerunterstütztes Training für Kinder mit aggressivem Verhalten, ScouT) which
      is a child focused social competence training delivered in an individual format will be
      evaluated in a randomized controlled trial with children aged 6 to 12 years with peer-related
      aggressive behaviour.
    

Detailed Description

      The German computer based Treatment Program for Children with Aggressive Behaviour (Soziales
      computerunterstütztes Training für Kinder mit aggressivem Verhalten, ScouT) aims at the
      therapy of children aged 6 to 12 years with peer-related aggressive behaviour, which results
      in a persistent impairment of the relationships to other children. Contrary to other
      treatment approaches, this intervention aims at the individual treatment of problem
      maintaining and moderating factors of aggressive behaviour. Depending on the individual
      problem maintaining factors the treatment aims to modify social cognitive information
      processing, social problem solving and behavioral social skills.

      Methods: The efficacy will be tested in a randomized control group design with n=140
      children. N=70 children will be treated in the first treatment phase (pre- to
      post1-assessment) of 16 weekly child-focused sessions with the treatment modules of ScouT. In
      the second treatment phase (post1- to post2- assessment) those children with sustained severe
      peer related aggressive behavior receive the comprehensive Treatment Program for Children
      with Aggressive Behaviour (Therapieprogramm für Kinder mit aggressivem Verhalten, THAV) which
      is a social competence training which combines patient- and parent-/teacher and peer-focused
      interventions with 16 child sessions and 6 parent-/teacher sessions. Those children with no
      severe peer related aggressive behavior receive 2 booster sessions of ScouT within a 16 week
      period.

      The control group of n=70 children will receive in the first treatment phase (pre- to
      post1-assessment) an alternative child-focused intervention with a supportive Treatment
      Programm including techniques to activate resources of the child (Supportive Therapie zur
      Aktivierung von Ressourcen bei Kindern, STARK) with 16 weekly sessions. In the second
      treatment phase (post1- to post2- assessment) those children with sustained severe peer
      related aggressive behavior receive 16 weekly child-focused sessions with the treatment
      modules of ScouT . Those children with no severe peer related aggressive behavior receive 2
      booster sessions of STARK within a 16 week period.

      A follow-up assessment is conducted 12 months after post2-assessment. Outcome parameters are
      aggressive behaviour und comorbid symptoms as well as problem maintaining factors,
      psychosocial functioning, family burden, self-esteem and treatment satisfaction as rated by
      clinicians, parents, or teachers. Additionally problem solving is assessed by a newly
      developed problem-solving test. Moreover, variables of the treatment process are assessed.
      Additionally treatment process parameters are assessed.
    


Study Type

Interventional


Primary Outcome

total score for peer related aggression in the Questionnaire for Aggressive Behavior of Children (FAVK) parent rating

Secondary Outcome

 total score for peer related aggression in the Questionnaire for Aggressive Behavior of Children (FAVK) teacher rating, patient self-report

Condition

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Intervention

Social Skills Training

Study Arms / Comparison Groups

 Social Skills Training
Description:  Social Skills Training child-focused and subsequent social competence training which combines patient- and parent-/teacher and peer-focused interventions

Publications

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Recruitment Information


Recruitment Status

Behavioral

Estimated Enrollment

140

Start Date

May 2014

Completion Date

September 2017

Primary Completion Date

July 2017

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  Age: 6 - 12 years

          -  IQ>= 80

          -  Diagnoses (ICD-10): F91, F92, F90.1

          -  Elevated symptom score in the parent rated Symptom Checklist for Oppositional Defiant
             and Conduct Disorder (FBB-SSV) with Stanine ≥ 7 at pre-assessment

          -  Often conflicts with other children (clinical rating)

          -  Impaired social relationships / activities

          -  Parents agree in randomization (clinical rating) in medicated children no planned
             change of the medication

        Exclusion Criteria:

          -  Other disorder is dominating

          -  Other active psychotherapy

          -  Severe mental disorder of the parents
      

Gender

All

Ages

6 Years - 12 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

No

Contacts

Anja Goertz-Dorten, PhD, , [email protected]

Location Countries

Germany

Location Countries

Germany

Administrative Informations


NCT ID

NCT02143427

Organization ID

ScouT-Study 1


Responsible Party

Principal Investigator

Study Sponsor

University of Cologne


Study Sponsor

Anja Goertz-Dorten, PhD, Principal Investigator, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Univ. Cologne


Verification Date

February 2017