Posted 8 August 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Kitty Wu, Ph.D., Patrick Leung, Ph.D., & Corine Wong, Ph.D.
TE is common and there is cross-national variation in prevalence. In the World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) (Kessler et al., 2017) with a combined sample of 68,894 adults across six continents, findings showed that the highest TE prevalence estimates among high income countries was USA (83%); for all countries combined was 70%; 31% were exposed to four or more.
Posted 25 July 2019 in News by ISTSS Hate-Based Violence Working Group
ISTSS, the leading global organization promoting the advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma, today released a briefing paper on the trauma of hate-based violence. A group of experts on the mental health of diverse populations that have experienced potential traumas associated with hate-based violence summarize the research that has been conducted in this area and provide recommendations for research, clinical practice and policy.
Posted 1 July 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Carmen McLean PhD & Lily Brown PhD
Guilt is commonly reported by trauma survivors and has been linked to greater posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity (e.g., Bryan et al., 2015). As such, understanding how guilt impacts PTSD recovery has been of significant interest to clinicians and researchers. Indeed, there has been debate about whether prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is as effective for those with high guilt, with some suggesting that imaginal exposure to trauma memories is either unhelpful (e.g., Grunert, Weis, Smucker, & Christianson, 2007) or potentially iatrogenic (e.g., Pitman et al., 1991).