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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

Does posttraumatic stress exacerbate pregnancy complications associated with violence exposure during pregnancy?
Posted on 12/15/2022 by Gilliam, Howell, Paulson, Napier, & Miller-Graff
The concurrent experiences of violence and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) have a more severe impact on health than violence exposure alone, but little is known about how PTSS may be related to pregnancy complications for women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). This blog offers novel information on how IPV types and PTSS interact during pregnancy, including how they may contribute to the intergenerational transmission of trauma via the experience of pregnancy complications. Findings highlight the need for evidence-based prenatal interventions that successfully address both IPV exposure and mental health, including posttraumatic stress.
Time to Build the Evidence for Psychological First Aid
Posted on 12/13/2022 by Hermosilla, Forthal, Sadowska, Watson, Magill, & Pike
Communities affected by disasters—and resultant humanitarian crises—experience increased social, emotional, and psychological distress. Psychological First Aid (PFA) has become a widespread intervention of choice in such cases. We conducted a systematic review to find out the state of current evidence for PFA.
Gender Differences in PTSD and Relationship Functioning
Posted on 10/07/2022 by Kayla Knopp, PhD, Elizabeth Wrape, PhD, Chandra Khalifian, PhD, Katerine Rashkovsky, BS, & Leslie Morland, PsyD
Many clinicians are aware of the painful impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on individuals' lives, including disrupting sleep, interfering with work and hobbies, and damaging self-worth. A growing body of research shows that PTSD is also harmful for some of the most important relationships in people's lives, including relationships with family and intimate partners. This tends to be especially true for military veterans.