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[Retraumatization--a conceptional approach].

Authors
  • Schock, Katrin
  • Rosner, Rita
  • Wenk-Ansohn, Mechthild
  • Knaevelsrud, Christine
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2010
Volume
60
Issue
7
Pages
243–249
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1248268
PMID: 20301050
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Characteristics of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be influenced by newly experienced traumata or confrontation with trauma-associated stimuli. Terms like reactivation or retraumatization are used either to describe slightly, temporary or severe and permanent increase in PTSD symptoms. Trigger, duration and intensity of a potential increase in symptoms have not been consistently defined yet. The purpose of this overview is to operationalize the term retraumatization on the background of empirical studies and to deduce a standardized definition. Furthermore implications for research and clinical practice are discussed.

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