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Finding common ground in Moral Injury treatment

Posted 19 November 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Brian Klassen, Ph.D.

The experience of military service members who serve in combat is complex and can include multiple elements of fear, traumatic loss of friends and comrades, and provocative situations that challenge one’s basic sense of right and wrong (Stein et al., 2012).

Does the suffering end after placing children with traumatic experiences in foster families? A study of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young children in foster care in Germany

Posted 19 November 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Mira Vasileva, M.Sc. and Franz Petermann, Ph.D.

For a long time it was assumed that very young children cannot experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); the common stance was that they are not able, at this early age, to appraise an experience as traumatic, or to develop symptoms such as re-experiencing, since their memory is still developing.

“One Scar Too Many:” The Association of Traumatic Events and Psychological Distress among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants

Posted 18 November 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Luz M. Garcini, Ph.D., MPH

The United States (U.S.) has been a primary destination for international migrants. Approximately 13% of the U.S. population is foreign born (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015), with a considerable proportion of these immigrants being undocumented (approximately 27%) and of Latinx/Hispanic descent (Pew Research Center, 2013).

A Trauma-focused Intervention for Refugee Minors: A Pilot Study

Posted 11 October 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Elisa Pfeiffer, M.Sc. and Lutz Goldbeck, Ph.D.

As many other European countries, Germany has in the last years welcomed thousands of refugees from all over the world, among them about 64,000 unaccompanied refugee minors, most of them in the age range between 14 and 17 years. Before their arrival in Germany, they often had been exposed to severe stressors such as physical abuse, war and life-threatening flight conditions over months and years.

Self-Regulation Shift Theory: A New Perspective on Traumatic Stress Adaptation

Posted 24 August 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Charles Benight PhD, Kotaro Shoji PhD & Edward Delahanty PhD

The article entitled “Self-Regulation Shift Theory: A Dynamic Systems Approach to Traumatic Stress” is a new perspective on how people cope with trauma over time (Benight, Shoji, & Delahanty, 2017).

Sense of Threat as a Mediator of Peritraumatic Stress Symptom Development During Wartime: An Experience Sampling Study

Posted 31 May 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Liron Lapid Pickman, MA, Talya Greene, Ph.D, MPH & Marc Gelkopf, Ph.D.

There is much evidence in the scientific literature to a direct link between the sense of threat a person feels during and immediately after experiencing a traumatic event, and their subsequent level of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Yet, we still do not fully understand the interrelationships between exposure, sense of threat, and symptoms, particularly when the traumatic situation is ongoing, i.e., during the peritraumatic period.

Factors Related to Acute Traumatic Stress Responses in Parents of Children with a Serious Illness or Injury

Posted 29 May 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Frank Muscara DPsych. & Maria McCarthy Ph.D.

Similar to other traumatic events, a life threatening injury or illness in children can elicit significant acute stress reactions in their parents that can develop into longer-term mental health problems. Few studies have investigated parents’ acute stress reactions within the first four weeks of their child’s diagnosis and hospitalization, and the factors linked with higher levels of parent psychological symptoms.

Individuals with PTSD Experience Difficulties Regulating Positive Emotions

Posted 29 May 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Nicole H. Weiss, Ph.D., Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D., Courtney Peasant, Ph.D., & Tami P. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Emotion regulation difficulties have been implicated in a wide range of clinically-relevant difficulties, including the development, maintenance, and/or exacerbation of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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