Cross-Cultural Assessment of Psychological Trauma and PTSD / Edition 1

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Recent advances in trauma treatment, coupled with ongoing traumatic world events, point to a critical need for global standards in assessment. But despite the best intentions of Western psychology, one model does not fit all cultures. Cross-Cultural Assessment of Psychological Trauma and PTSD addresses key issues in the field to help fill this knowledge gap. Focusing equally on theoretical concepts, culturally valid assessment methods, and cultural adaptation in trauma and resilience, 29 experts present the cutting edge of research and strategies. Extended case examples (including West Africans in Austria, Hmong in the U.S., and Aboriginal people in Australia) illustrate an informative range of symptom profiles, comorbid conditions, and coping skills, as well as secondary traumas that can occur in asylum seekers. Professional concerns are also highlighted, from training and competency issues to the challenges of translating assessment into treatment. The results are a vital set of insights and guidelines that will contribute to more aware and meaningful practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387709895
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/20/2007
  • Series: International and Cultural Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 405
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. Wilson is a Professor of Psychology and Fulbright Scholar at Cleveland State University. He is co-founder and past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the author of 10 books; 40 chapters and many articles on PTSD.

Catherine So-kum Tang graduated from the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the former Director of the Graduate Studies in clinical Psychology and Gender Studies Program, and is currently Director of the new postgraduate program in trauma-related studies. She has published widely in international journals on violence against women, family violence, clinical aspects of social issues, AIDS/HIV prevention, and trauma psychology.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Lens of Culture: Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives in the Assessment of Psychological Trauma and PTSD John P. Wilson

Chapter 2: Cultural-Ecological Perspectives on the Understanding and Assessment of Trauma Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand

Chapter 3: Ethnomedical Best Practices for International Psychosocial Efforts in Disaster and Trauma
|Siddharth Ashvin Shah

Chapter 4: Assessing Trauma Across Cultures from a Multigenerational Perspective Yael Danieli

Chapter 5: Refugee Assessment Practices and Cultural Competency Training Richard Dana

Chapter 6: Wrestling with Ghosts from the Past in Exile: Assessing Trauma in Asylum Seekers Boris Drozdek & John P. Wilson


Chapter 7: Assessment of PTSD and Psychiatric Morbidity in Contemporary Chinese Societies Catherine So-kum Tang

Chapter 8: Culture and the Assessment of Trauma in Youth Kathleen Nader

Chapter 9: The Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire : An International Perspective Charles R. Marmar, Thomas J. Metzler, Christian Otte, Shannon McCaslin, Sabra Inslicht, Clare Henn Haase

Chapter 10: Cross Cultural Use of the Impact of Events Scale – Revised (IES-R)
Daniel Weiss

Chapter 11: Posttraumatic Stress in Asylum Seekers from Chechnya, Afghanistan and West Africa – Differential Findings Obtained by Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Three Austrian Samples Walter Renner, Ingrid Salem & Klaus Ottomeyer


Chapter 12: The Cross-Cultural Assessment of Dissociation Robert Lewis-Fernandez, Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, Vedat Sar, Sapana Patel, & Adeline Boatin

Chapter 13: Mass Psychological Trauma and PTSD: Epidemic or Cultural Illusion?
Derrick Silove, Zachary Steele, & Adrian Bauman

Chapter 14: Assessment of Trauma for Aboriginal People Beverly Raphael, Pat Delaney, & Daniel Bonner

Chapter 15: Combined Psychosocial & Pharmacological Treatment of Traumatized Refugees J. David Kinzie

Chapter 16: Western Psychiatry and Difficulty Understanding and Treating Hmong Refugees Joe Westermeyer and S. Cheng Her

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