Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Hi everyone - Thanks for a lively discussion today on the definitions of trauma. We'll talk more about definitions of violence next week in reference to the World Health Organization Report.

As you can already see, definitions of trauma are definitely topics of lively debate. Here are the clinical definitions we brought up in class. Please free to post definitions you've found, or your own thoughts on the issue. For example, is oppression trauma? When could a person experience trauma, and not PTSD? Who would recognize this and how would it be assessed? Is poverty trauma? Death of a loved one? What is the difference between trauma and grief?

ALSO, see
for some thoughts on new definitions of PTSD in the DSM V!

DSM-IV-TR Criteria for PTSD

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Early Childhood Revised Edition (DC:0-3R).
Includes the above as well as a "serious threat to the physical or psychological integrity of the child" Definition now on bspace in pdf form.

The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders
World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992


F43.1 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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