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Risk Factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


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Introduction. Strategies to study risk for the development of PTSD. Epidemiological risk factors for trauma and PTSD. Genetic risk factors for PTSD: a twin study. Family studies of PTSD: a review. Parental PTSD as a risk factor for PTSD. Neurocognitive risk factors for PTSD. Psychophysiological expression of risk factors for PTSD. Risk factors for the acute biological and psychological response to trauma. Personality as a risk factor for PTSD. Risk factors for PTSD reflections and recommendations. Index.

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Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Bronx VA Medical Center. She has written or contributed to more than 100 journal articles on posttraumatic stress disorder and has received numerous awards and grants for her work on the neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder.


"The overall quality of the discussions contained in the volume is quite high and should prove interesting and thought-provoking for readers who are interested in PTSD from their clinical practice, as well as those interested in the ongoing research on this one of several diagnoses important following traumatic exposure."-- "Psychiatric Times"

"The identification of risk factors represents a critically important step in our understanding of PTSD. Dr. Yehuda has assembled an outstanding group of experts who have laid the foundation upon which to expand this essential area of research."-- "Steven M. Southwick, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut"

"Relying upon a stellar collection of clinicians and researchers, this book sets the standard to a contemporary understanding of the factors associated with the development of PTSD. The contributions will continue to influence clinical work and research into the foreseeable future. It is a truly exciting effort."-- "Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chairman of Psychiatry, Chief, Psychology Services, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts"

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