Challenges to the PTSD construct and its database: The importance of scientific debate

Gerald M. Rosen, B. Christopher Frueh

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Abstract

A special issue in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders on "Challenges to the PTSD construct and its database" comes at a time when the field of traumatic stress is reexamining itself and scholars are debating the validity of basic assumptions. Some have suggested that scientific debate concerning PTSD can be opposed to the interests of victims and to those who suffer the effects of severe trauma. Yet, scientific methods, and associated critiques, provide the best way to advance our knowledge, so that professionals can provide accurate information, sound advice, and non-harmful interventions to those in need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-163
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Construct validity
  • Diagnostic and statistical manual
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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