1st Edition

Handbook of Posttraumatic Stress Psychosocial, Cultural, and Biological Perspectives

    520 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    520 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Posttraumatic Stress provides a comprehensive review of posttraumatic stress in its multiple dimensions, analyzing causation and epidemiology through prevention and treatment.

    Written by a diverse group of scholars, practitioners, and advocates, the chapters in this book seek to understand the history, the politics, and the biological, psychological, and social processes underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Featuring studies that focus on some of the most seriously affected occupational groups, the text examines topics such as how individuals experience PTSD in different work settings and the complexities of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery for those workers and their families. Together, the contributions provide an in-depth examination of the current understood causes, impacts, and treatments of and for posttraumatic stress, mobilizing academic, administrative, and clinical knowledge, and lived experience to inform ongoing and future work in the field.

    Drawing from range of different topics, fields of study, and research methods, this text will appeal to readers across medical, mental health, and academic disciplines.

    Part 1  Foundational

    1. Changes in our Understanding of Trauma and the Human Psyche as a Consequence of War: A Brief History

    Samantha C. Horswill and R. Nicholas Carleton

    2. A Systematic Review of the Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Reported in Canadian Studies

    Murray Weeks, Su-Bin Park, Samantha Ghanem, Sieara Plebon-Huff, Anne-Marie Robert, Harry MacKay, and Allana G. LeBlanc

    3. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Limits of Presumptive Legislation

    Theresa Szymanski and Alan Hall

    4. Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care

    James M. Thompson, Alexandra Heber, Jon Davine, Ryan Murray, and Donald R. McCreary

    5. The Epidemiology of PTSD in Canada

    Daniel Marrello, Beth Patterson, Jasmine Turna, Jasmine Zhang, and Michael Van Ameringen  

    Part 2  Perspectives and Populations

    6. Psychology of Men and Masculinities: Implications for Men’s Experiences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Donald R. McCreary

    7. Implications of PTSD for Military Veteran Families

    Heidi Cramm, Deborah Norris, Chloé Houlton, Molly Flindall-Hanna, and Linna Tam-Seto

    8. Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Workers within the Homeless Serving Sector: The Impact of Organizational Factors

    Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff and Annette M. Lane

    9. Emotional Labour, Police, and the Investigation of Sex Crimes Perpetrated Against Children: Posttraumatic Stress and the Toll of Dirty Work

    Dale Spencer, Alexa Dodge, Rosemary Ricciardelli, and Dale Ballucci

    10. Firefighters and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Scoping Review

    Heidi Cramm, Linna Tam-Seto, Alyson Mahar, Lucia Rühland, and R. Nicholas Carleton

    11. Correctional Officers: Experiences of Potentially Psychologically Traumatic Events and Mental Health Injuries

    Rosemary Ricciardelli, Nicole Gerarda Power, and Daniella Simas Medeiros

    12. Posttraumatic Growth among Prisoners: Findings, Controversies, and Implications

    Esther F. J. C. van Ginneken and Siebrecht Vanhooren  

    Part 3  Biology, Understanding, and Treatment

    13. The Use, Validity, and Translational Utility of Animal Models of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Eric D. Eisenmann, Chelsea E. Cadle, and Phillip R. Zoladz

    14. Developing a Reliable Animal Model of PTSD in Order to Test Potential Pharmacological Treatments: Predator Stress and the Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin

    Phillip MacCallum, Jesse Whiteman, Therese Kenny, Katelyn Fallon, Sriya Bhattacharya, James Drover, and Jacqueline Blundell

    15. Severing the Trauma—PTSD Connection with Public Safety Personnel: The Role of Personal Social Support Networks

    Grace B. Ewles, Peter A. Hausdorf, Terry A. Beehr, and M. Gloria González-Morales

    16. Group Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: Preliminary Outcomes, Group Cohesion, Therapeutic Alliance, and Participant Satisfaction in Current and Former Members of the Canadian Military and Federal Police Force

    Sarah J. Chaulk and David J. Podnar

    17. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in PTSD: Neurobiology and its Applications in Other Mental Disorders

    Cristina Trentini, Sara Carletto and Marco Pagani


    Rosemary Ricciardelli, PhD, is professor of sociology and criminology at Memorial University Newfoundland, Canada. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada, her research centers on evolving understandings of gender, vulnerabilities, risk, and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system.

    Stephen Bornstein, PhD, is a political scientist and is the director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research at Memorial University Newfoundland, Canada. He has served as the co‐director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial and the assistant deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the government of the province of Ontario, Canada.

    Alan Hall, PhD, retired from his full‐time position in the sociology department at Memorial University Newfoundland, Canada in 2019. He now has an honorary research professorship with Memorial and is currently involved in research on the role of worker participation in workplace COVID‐19 safety plans.

    R. Nicholas Carleton, PhD, is a professor of psychology and scientific director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He is well published with several prestigious awards and substantial research funding.