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The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

Trauma Blog

The Transgenerational Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes: System and Ecology of Trauma
Posted on 04/16/2021 by Elena Cherepanov, PhD, LMHC
This blog piece introduces ground concepts aiming to overcome fragmentation in individual, collective, and transgenerational trauma studies.
Assessment of Reliability and Validity of a German Diagnostic Interview Module for ICD-11 Adjustment Disorder
Posted on 04/09/2021 by Axel Perkonigg, Katja Beesdo-Baum, and Adreas Maercker
Adjustment disorder (AjD) is a relatively frequent mental disorder in various clinical settings and high-risk groups of the general population (Perkonigg et al., 2018). The clinical utility of the AjD diagnosis has been often criticized (e.g., Casey, 2014) and the disorder was under-researched for example due to the fact that few descriptive and analytical epidemiological data were available. 
Screening for posttraumatic stress disorder using the PCL-5
Posted on 04/02/2021 by Ashraf Kagee, Adélle Sterley, Wylene Saal, and Jason Batjes
Detecting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among antiretroviral therapy (ART) users is an important matter in the context of providing public health services. In South Africa, the country with the largest number of persons living with HIV, the prevalence of community violence and its psychological consequences, including PTSD are high. Among both persons seeking an HIV test and persons living with HIV (PLWH), traumatic events and symptoms of posttraumatic stress have been reported in non-trivial proportions.