Description: This book presents conceptual models for understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment, focusing on etiology, symptoms, time course, diagnostic criteria, assessment, and clinical interventions. Chapters cover the psychological responses of trauma survivors, the underlying psychological processes and environmental factors involved in PTSD, the major theoretical approaches used in understanding PTSD, and the mechanisms of effective treatment.
Purpose: The authors attempt to bring together theory, research, and their clinical experiences to evaluate several psychosocial perspectives on PTSD and to propose their own integrative model. In doing so, they provide a most thoughtful discussion of theoretical, methodological and practical treatment issues, such as those involved in the psychiatric classification of the disorder.
Audience: Advanced undergraduates in psychology, psychology graduate students, and practicing clinical psychologists are the target audience. Its excellent discussion of clinical issues in PTSD treatment, however, will appeal to other mental health providers, such as psychiatrists and social workers. Because the text offers an excellent review and integration of research, researchers may find the text a useful resource.
Features: The book includes well-organized tables, text boxes, and bullet lists that summarize material and highlight key concepts. Clinical case examples, presented in text boxes, are a unique and helpful feature, providing rich illustration of the conceptual material discussed in the text. The table of contents and index are clear and well organized. The authors include a thorough reference list.
Assessment: In this book, readers will find an excellent review and integration of theory, research, and clinical observations on psychosocial adaptation to traumatic stress. It represents a scholarly work and a concise practical guide to clinical work with PTSD patients. Its many case examples illuminate the authors' discussion of conceptual, methodological, and clinical practice issues. University libraries will find this text to be an important addition to their bookshelves.