Psychosocial Models

  • John A. Fairbank
  • Matthew J. Friedman
  • Metin Basoglu
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


In this chapter we discuss a selected number of psychosocial conceptual models—learning theory, information processing, social-cognitive models, social support, developmental models, and learned helplessness—that purport to explain some aspects of the etiology, course, and treatment of the human response to traumatic experiences. These specific psychological models were selected for review because empirical information is available regarding their explanatory power for survivors of torture and related violence and trauma.


Posttraumatic Stress Ptsd Symptom Stressful Life Event Fear Conditioning Traumatic Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Fairbank
    • 1
  • Matthew J. Friedman
    • 2
  • Metin Basoglu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Dartmouth University, and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderWhite River JunctionUSA
  3. 3.Section on Traumatic Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s CollegeLondon UniversityLondonEngland

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