The Severity of the Trauma

Issues about Its Role in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Alexander C. McFarlane
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Constructing an objective picture of the impact of a traumatic event and its effects is a complex task. It is a central issue in traumatic stress studies because the cornerstone of posttraumatic stress disorder is the accepted role of the stressor as the primary etiological factor determining the typical pattern of symptoms. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is unusual in psychiatric classification because it is one of the few disorders where a clearly defined cause is stated in the diagnostic criteria (DSMIII, American Psychiatric Association, 1987).


Traumatic Event American Psychiatric Association Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Traumatic Experience Traumatic Stress 
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  • Alexander C. McFarlane
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  1. 1.Glenside HospitalEastwoodAustralia

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