Treating Trauma-related Symptoms in Special Populations

Devon E. Hinton and Angela Nickerson

in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399066
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Treating Trauma-related Symptoms in Special Populations

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Though there is much research on the treatment of posttraumatic psychological reactions in survivors of civilian trauma, there is much less empirical evidence to drive interventions with survivors of other kinds of trauma, including persecution, torture, and sexual abuse, particularly in other cultural groups. This chapter illustrates some of the factors that should be taken into consideration when treating such populations. The chapter is divided into sections that address key issues relevant to special populations of trauma survivors: type of trauma, current stressors, comorbidity, anger, cultural issues such as culturally specific interpretations of trauma-related symptoms, and bereavement. We examine the implications for the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers of these issues. As this chapter indicates, the treatment of traumatic distress in special populations warrants more research to ensure that the optimal psychological interventions are available to such highly traumatized groups.

Keywords: trauma; special populations; refugees; culture; asylum seekers; posttraumatic stress disorder; ptsd

Article.  6838 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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