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ISTSS Letter in Response to the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

Posted 15 January 2016 in News by ISTSS Executive Board

ISTSS Letter in Response to the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule) outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015. These revisions, which are intended “to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991” are critically important to ensuring better protection of human subjects involved in research while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. 

Retrospective Appraisals of Combat

Posted 4 March 2016 in JOTS Highlights by Barbara Pitts, PhD and Martin Safer, PhD

Retrospective Appraisals of Combat
A life-threatening traumatic experience can cause physical and psychological distress, but it can also be remembered with pride from having demonstrated one’s courage and abilities under severe circumstances. This JTS Commentary discusses a study investigating how combat experiences and later reflections affect reports of posttraumatic stress and depression symptoms in 324 U.S. Army medics.