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StressPoints is the award-winning online eNewsletter of ISTSS. StressPoints shares news and opinions about traumatic stress, highlights ISTSS and affiliate societies' activities and offers informational resources and feature articles of interest to the field. Access archived StressPoints articles prior to 2015.

Trauma and World Literature: Toni Morrison’s Jazz

Posted 31 May 2017 in StressPoints by By Howard Lipke, Ph.D.

In this contribution to the column we return to the work of Toni Morrison. Her novel Jazz tells the stories of African-Americans living in New York City in the period between the two world wars, and the travels and travails that brought them to the city.

Student Perspectives Challenges and Opportunities in Knowledge Transfer: A Conversation Between a Graduate Student and a Trauma Therapist

Posted 31 May 2017 in StressPoints by By Josianne Lamothe, MSW, Ph.D. candidate, and Jody Sell, MSW, RSW

This reciprocal exchange of information between research and practice with the aim of achieving improved client outcome is a process referred to as Knowledge Transfer (KT).


Human Rights and Policy From the Front-Lines: Supporting Humanitarian Workers Subjected to Increasing Risk of Primary and Secondary Trauma

Posted 31 May 2017 in StressPoints by Glenn Goss, DSW, DAAETS

While research on the impacts of humanitarian work on the individual workers is clearly important, there is also a need to understand how the external sequelae of violence, threat, and destabilization affects teams and organizations.

Clinician's Corner: E-Health for Trauma: Optimism without the Blindness

Posted 31 May 2017 in StressPoints by Charles Benight, Ph.D.

Technological approaches to trauma treatment have exploded in the past decade and offer promise for providing low cost and clinically-effective support for trauma survivors. Web-based interventions as well as phone apps have received some empirical support.

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, 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.

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

Posted 29 May 2017 in JOTS Highlights by Charles Benight Ph.D., Kotaro Shoji Ph.D., & Edward Delahanty Ph.D.

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, in press).  Self-regulation shift theory (SRST) is an extension of social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1997) and suggests that certain individuals following trauma will experience a critical threshold where their perception of self-determination moving forward is shattered (self-determination violation effect). 

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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