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Publications and Resources

List of Publications

Rayner et al., (2016). Take A Breath: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Group Intervention to Reduce Traumatic Stress in Parents of Children with a Life-threatening Illness or Injury. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 169. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0861-2 

Rayner et al., (2016). Participating From the Comfort of Your Living Room: Feasibility of a Group Videoconferencing Intervention to Reduce Distress in Parents of Children with a Serious Illness or Injury. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 38(3), 209-224. DOI: 10.1080/07317107.2016.1203145

Woolf, C., Muscara, F., Anderson, V.A., & McCarthy, M.C. (2016). Early Traumatic Stress Responses in Parents Following a Serious Illness in their Child: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23(1), 53-66. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-015-9430-y

Muscara, F., McCarthy, M.C., Woolf, C., Hearps, S.J.C., Burke, K., Anderson, V.A. (2015). Early psychological reactions in parents of children with a life threatening illness within a pediatric hospital setting. European Psychiatry, 30, 555-561. DOI:

Muscara, F., Burke, K., McCarthy, M., Anderson, V., Hearps, S. J. C., Hearps, S. J., Dimovski, A., & Nicholson, J., (2015). Parent distress reactions following a serious illness or injury in their child: a protocol paper for the take a breath cohort study. BMC Psychiatry, 15:153. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-015-0519-5

Hearps, S.J. McCarthy, M.C., Muscara, F., Hearps, S. J. C., Burke, K., Jones, B., & Anderson, V.A. (2014). Psychosocial risk in families of infants undergoing surgery for a serious congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 24 (04), 632-639. DOI:10.1017/S1047951113000760

Burke, K., Muscara, F., McCarthy, M., Dimovski, A., Hearps, S., Anderson, V., & Walser, R. (2014). Adapting acceptance and commitment therapy for parents of children with life-threatening illness: Pilot study. Families, Systems, & Health, 32(1), 122-127. DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000012

List of Resources

Following the completion of the RCT, a number of resources and materials from the Take a Breath Program will be made available. These will include:

Weekly newsletters that were emailed to families following each session, summarising the content covered which included ideas for practicing skills taught
 Access to the Dropbox link which contains mp3 audio files of the mindfulness practice covered in each session
The Values card activity that is sent to all participating families with instructions on how to complete it. This activity helps to work out what is most important to families at a given time.