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Handbook of Posttraumatic Stress
Psychosocial, Cultural, and Biological Perspectives

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ISBN 9780815375777
September 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
496 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, chapters 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.

Table of Contents


Rosemary Ricciardelli, Stephen Bornstein, Alan Hall, R. Nicholas Carleton

Section 1: Foundational

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

Samantha C. Horswill, 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, Allana G. LeBlanc

3. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Limits of Presumptive Legislation

Theresa Szymanski, Alan Hall

4. Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care

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

5. The Epidemiology of PTSD in Canada

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

Section 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, Linna Tam-Seto

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

Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, 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, Dale Ballucci

10. Firefighters and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Scoping Review

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

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

Rosemary Ricciardelli, Nicole Gerarda Power, Daniella Simas Medeiros

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

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

Section 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, 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, 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, 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, David J. Podnar

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

Cristina Trentini, Sara Carletto, Marco Pagani Conclusion: Towards a Better Future

Alan Hall, Rosemary Ricciardelli, Stephen Bornstein, R. Nicholas Carleton


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Rosemary Ricciardelli, PhD, is professor of sociology and criminology at Memorial University. 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. 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 in 2019. He now has an honorary research professor position 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.