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Mass Psychological Trauma and PTSD: Epidemic Illusion?

  • Derrick Silove
  • Zachary Steel
  • Adrian Bauman
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology Series book series (ICUP)

In recent years, leading medical journals have published a series of commentaries (Bracken, 2001; Bracken, Giller, &Summerfield, 1995; Summerfield, 1998; Van Ommeren, Saxena, &Saraceno, 2005) challenging the notion that mass trauma exerts an adverse effect on the mental health of populations from non-Western cultures. The diagnostic category, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has attracted particular criticism, the key issue being the nosologic validity of that diagnosis when applied across cultures (Summerfield, 1999, 2001; Terheggen, Stroebe, &Kleber, 2001).

Keywords

Mental Health Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Mental Distress Trauma Exposure Harvard Trauma Questionnaire 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Derrick Silove
    • 1
  • Zachary Steel
    • 2
  • Adrian Bauman
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychiatry Research and Teaching UnitCentre for Population Mental Health ResearchLiverpoolAustralia
  2. 2.School of psychiatryUniversity of NSW, Liverpool HospitalLiverpoolAustralia
  3. 3.Medical Foundation Fellow and Director Centre for Physical Activity and HeaUniversity of SydneySydney

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