The Serial Self

War Trauma, Identity, and Adult Development
  • Robert S. Laufer
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Research on the effects of war on human adaptation in the post-war period among veterans shows that it is the direct experience with the trauma of war which is decisive for subsequent psychosocial development over the lifeline (Archibald & Tuddenham, 1965; Brett & Mungine, 1985; Brill & Beebe, 1955; Card, 1983; Elder & Clipp, Chapter 6 this volume; Foy, Sipprelle, Rueger, & Carroll, 1984; Frey-Wouters & Laufer, 1986; Futterman & Pumpian-Midlin, 1951; Green & Lindy, 1985; Laufer, 1985; Laufer, in press; Laufer, Yager, Frey-Wouters, & Doneallan, 1981; Laufer, Gallops, & Frey-Wouters, 1984; Laufer, Brett, & Gallops, 1985; Laufer, Gallops, & Joyce, 1985; Lindy, Grace, & Green, 1984; Wilson & Krauss, 1985; Yager, Laufer, & Gallops, 1984). These studies of World War II and Vietnam veterans show that the life trajectories of individuals were fundamentally altered as a result of direct exposure to the various traumata of war. The evidence of enduring pathogenesis as well as the alterations of the life course requires that we examine the process through which the traumata of war impact on personality functioning and the vicissitudes of the life course development.


Civilian Society Posttraumatic Stress Adult Development Vietnam Veteran Strategic Defense Initiative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert S. Laufer
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrooklyn CollegeBrooklynUSA

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