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were included in the study. Before and after treatment questionnaires were completed by the participants. Normative deviation scores (NDS) were calculated to estimate the condition of the participant before and after treatment compared to the non-disabled population. The Reliable Change Index (RCI) was used to establish statistically significant change due to treatment.
Primarily, a significant change in PTSD symptoms, from clinical to non-clinical levels, was found. Secondarily, co-morbid anxiety and depression complaints declined after treatment with EMDR. In addition, an increase in wellbeing in the participants was found. EMDR seems to be an effective treatment for PTSD in adults with an ID. However, more research is needed to name EMDR an evidence based treatment for PTSD in adults with an ID
Elmedina Dautovic has studied (Developmental) Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and has two Master’s degrees in (Developmental) Psychology and in Educational Sciences (Research Master). During the last phase of her academic education she has, in collaboration with Mrs. dr. Roos Rodenburg and Mrs. Carlijn de Roos, M.Sc., coordinated a study into the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) on seizure related anxiety and trauma-symptoms in children with epilepsy. This project has been rewarded with an academy-assistant grant by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie voor de Wetenschap, KNAW). On behalf of that project, she also attended the EMDR in children and youth training for researchers (EMDR Association in the Netherlands).
Currently, she is employed at Kristal, a centre specialized in psychiatry and intellectual disability. In this organization she is both psychologist and researcher. Since 2011 she has been coordinating a clinical trial (pilot-study) into the effectiveness of EMDR in adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and intellectual disability (Dautovic, Rodenburg, Aldenkamp,& Plat, manuscript in prep.). This pilot study has been awarded with a EMDR Association in the Netherlands research grant, for two consecutive years. Currently she is working on a PHD-proposal concerning a multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial into the effectiveness of EMDR (compared to treatment as usual) in adults with PTSD and an intellectual disability.