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Healing Trauma Together

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

Genocidal Rape – An Understudied Source of Terror with Horrendous Consequences
Posted on 06/01/2023 by Karan Varshney, MPH
Genocidal rape is a widespread issue in genocidal settings, but has previously received minimal scholarly attention. Consequences for victims are widespread, and include illness, psychological terror, and social exclusion. Multi-leveled supportive programs and interventions are critical in supporting victims.
Terror leaves adolescents behind
Posted on 05/19/2023 by Strøm, Dyb, Wentzel-Larsen, Stene, Schultz, & Stensland
Exposure to terror increases the risk of somatic and psychological health problems in survivors. Yet, knowledge of how such exposure affects survivors’ ability to stay in school is lacking. 
COVID-related workplace stress and mental health: The role of institutional betrayal
Posted on 05/05/2023 by Beck, Majeed, Brown, Free, Bowen, Farchione, & Brown
The current blog explores whether institutional betrayal moderates the relationship between COVID-related workplace stressors and mental health outcomes among a sample of nurses practicing during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. The direct effects of insitutional betrayal, workplace stressors, and mental helath are also explored. Results are discussed in light of ways to bolster support for nurses.