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Using Latent Class Analysis to Support ICD-11 Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis in a Sample of Homeless Adults
Date posted: 06/26/2020
Topic: International and Global
Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a new diagnosis that recognises that different types of traumatic experiences can impact individuals in ways that the more established diagnosis of PTSD does not capture (World Health Organization, 2018: WHO). The distinction might best be conveyed by considering the way an individual could internalise the experience of surviving a serious car accident, or terrorist attack, with the way another individual internalises repetitive childhood sexual abuse. We investigated the CPTSD model with a group of people who have experienced homelessness and trauma in Australia.
Death Notification, Grief, and Posttraumatic Stress: Implications for COVID-19 Deaths
Date posted: 04/20/2020
Topic: International and Global
Human Remains, Grief, and Posttraumatic Stress in Bereaved Family Members Fourteen Years after September 11, 2001, a forthcoming manuscript in the Journal of Traumatic Stress describes the mental health effects on 9/11-bereaved family members after being notified (often multiple times) that remains of their loved ones were identified. The recent, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents new and different challenges associated with death notification.
ISTSS 2019: Reflections from A Global Travel Award Recipient Psychology and Boston: Sparking a New Flame
Date posted: 04/21/2020
Topic: International and Global
This past November, I had a unique opportunity of presenting my abstract at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 35th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. The conference theme was “Trauma, Recovery, and Resilience: Charting a Course Forward.” My abstract was titled “Validation of the Screen for Children Anxiety and Related Emotional Disorders-Revised Version (SCARED-R) for Use in Rwanda.”
Effects of Narrative Exposure Therapy on PTSD, depression, and insomnia: A study with traumatized North Korean refugee youth
Date posted: 03/30/2020
Topic: International and Global

North Korean refugee youth typically have been exposed to multiple traumatic experiences in their home country and during their flight (Park et al., 2019a). Consequently, they have high rates of trauma-related mental disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Therefore, treating PTSD and depression of North Korean refugee youth may be important to reduce dysfunctional sleep patterns and insomnia.

Literature Review on Impact of Global Spread of Infectious Diseases on Health Care Workers
Date posted: 03/25/2020
Topic: International and Global
In response to the global pandemic related to the COVID-19 virus, the ISTSS Research Methods Special Interest Group has compiled a list of recent empirical literature relevant to the impact of the spread of infectious diseases on healthcare workers. While not exhaustive, this list highlights important work being done on this critical global issue.
Integrating Cultural Humility Into Trauma-Informed Pediatric Health Care
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/11/2019
Topic: International and Global
In 2010, our children’s hospital formed the Council on Violence Prevention (COVP) with a mission to reduce the impact of violence on patients and their families through coordination and support of existing and future hospital efforts. Recognizing the importance of, and supporting, direct trauma treatment services in pediatric health care was an early success of the Council.  However, health care team members, not wanting to cause unintentional harm to patients and families, recognized how easily this can happen when intervention occurs without knowing patient history.
Methodological Advances in Studying Traumatic Responses Following Hurricanes
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/11/2019
Topic: International and Global
Natural hazards share many defining characteristics that make the study of psychological responses to them exceedingly difficult. The specific site and timing of these events are often unpredictable and seemingly random. As a result, there are several notable gaps in the research on individuals’ psychological and behavioral responses to disasters (Garfin & Silver, 2016).
Treatment Considerations When Working with Survivors of Human Sex Trafficking
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/1/2019
Topic: International and Global
Human sex trafficking is a significant global public health issue and a violation of human rights. Sex trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act… in which a commercial sex act is induced by forced, fraud, or coercion” (Trafficking violence Protection Act, 2000). Research suggests victims of human sex trafficking span all cultures, races, ages, genders and socioeconomic brackets (Shandro, Chisolm-Straker, & Duber, 2016).
The Hong Kong Survey on the Epidemiology of Traumatic Experience and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Date posted: 08/8/2019
Topic: International and Global
TE is common and there is cross-national variation in prevalence. In the World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) (Kessler et al., 2017) with a combined sample of 68,894 adults across six continents,  findings showed that the highest TE prevalence estimates among high income countries was USA (83%); for all countries combined was 70%; 31% were exposed to four or more.
ISTSS Briefing Paper: Global Perspectives on the Trauma of Hate-Based Violence
Date posted: 07/25/2019
Topic: International and Global
ISTSS, the leading global organization promoting the advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma, today released a briefing paper on the trauma of hate-based violence. A group of experts on the mental health of diverse populations that have experienced potential traumas associated with hate-based violence summarize the research that has been conducted in this area and provide recommendations for research, clinical practice and policy.
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