Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Trauma Psychology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_301

Trauma psychology is both the name of a Division within the American Psychological Association (Division 56, Trauma Psychology) and an area of specialization within the practice of psychology by psychologists. Trauma psychology is a paradigm that permits investigators and practitioners to understand the process by which people perceive adversity, react to it, recover to a resilient or growth state or to an unwanted state; draw upon the experience with varying levels of psychosocial growth, at varying levels of trauma, for varying periods of exposure, and varying conditions of recovery.

Trauma Psychology as a Paradigm

The trauma psychology paradigm emerged in 1978 with the publication of the book, Stress Disorders among Vietnam Veterans (NY: Brunner/Mazel). Charles Figley noted in the Introduction: “The following is an attempt to capture the essential dynamics of the war environment to allow the reader to appreciate better the stress disorders which evolved from it” (p. xx). The book...
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  1. Figley, C. (1978). Stress disorders among Vietnam veterans. NY: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.301-A&C Graduate School of Social WorkTulane University Traumatology InstituteNew OrleansUSA