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


We think it is important to place our current understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an historical context. Therefore, we will briefly outline the changes in the concept of traumatic disorders over the last 100 years, as well as the factors that have influenced those changes. Four dimensions of PTSD will be considered:
  1. 1.

    Descriptive aspects

  2. 2.

    Changes in theoretical understanding

  3. 3.


  4. 4.

    Cultural and political influences



Rape Victim Vietnam Veteran Behavioral Rehearsal Descriptive Aspect Stress Inoculation Training 
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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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