Theoretical Perspectives

  • Kirtland C. Peterson
  • Maurice F. Prout
  • Robert A. Schwarz
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

A variety of conceptual models have been developed to explain the formation and resultant symptomatic picture of PTSD. Within the field of trauma research the information-processing model advocated by Horowitz (1973, 1974, 1976, 1979), the psychosocial framework outlined by Green, Wilson, and Lindy (1985), and the behavioral/learning theory model suggested by Keane et al. (1985) have been the most influential. Various psychodynamic models put forward (“classical,” Eriksonian, and object relations theory) have contributed toward a greater understanding of PTSD as it pertains to the individual and his/her internal functioning. Current psychophysiologic and psychobiologic models of PTSD are also the subject of much interest. Shultz’s (1984) cybernetic model of PTSD brings a systems understanding to the disorder.

Keywords

Ptsd Symptom Cognitive Appraisal Basic Belief Inescapable Shock Rape Victim 
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Notes

  1. 7.
    A more complete treatment goal would be to initiate an adaptive deviation-amplification circuitGoogle Scholar
  2. 8.
    Several variables will not be discussed in any detail, because we have nothing new to contribute. These include Post-traumatic cognitive processing, the recovery environment, and individual characteristics.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirtland C. Peterson
    • 1
  • Maurice F. Prout
    • 2
  • Robert A. Schwarz
    • 2
  1. 1.Staub-Peterson: Consultation, Training, Development, Inc.GreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Graduate Clinical PsychologyWidener UniversityChesterUSA

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