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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

Asserting the Construct Validity of the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) measurement instrument
Posted on 10/01/2019 by Steve Geoffrion & Josiane Lamothe

Clinicians who work with traumatized individuals often find positive meaning in their work and yet a high percentage of them remain vulnerable to burnout or traumatic stress. For this reason, many scientists have sought to develop scales to help them and others assess symptoms.

Investigating the Association Between Parental Absence and Developmental Trauma Disorder Symptoms
Posted on 09/24/2019 by Cody Ding, PhD
There are many children growing up without consistent parental care. Of course, the reasons for lack of consistent parental care vary greatly. Regardless of the causes, we all generally agree that lacking direct care from parents is not a good thing for children, particularly when it is prolonged.
Treating Guilt and Shame Resulting from Trauma and Moral Injury
Posted on 09/01/2019 by Sonya Norman, PhD
Research over the past decade has shown posttraumatic guilt (negative affect and cognitions regarding one’s behavior—i.e., “I did something bad”) and shame (negative affect and cognitions regarding the entire self—i.e., “I am bad”) are highly prevalent among trauma survivors, and they play a role in the severity of posttraumatic mental health problems.