Psychological Assessment of Adult Posttraumatic States

Pages: 251
Item #: 4317840
ISBN: 978-1-55798-403-6
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Most psychotherapists see clients whose problems are compounded by the effects of trauma. Whether the trauma is recent or is still unresolved from childhood, whether it was evoked by a natural disaster or an accident or an assault, the effects can be both deep and enduring—and can have a significant impact on the outcome of treatment.

But while there are many different tests and tools used to assess posttraumatic disturbance, until now, there has been a dearth of information on how to conduct valid and reliable assessments.

This book is the guide that practitioners need. Short, practical, and easy to read, it gives solid advice on evaluating trauma, provides a critical analysis of the best-known tools (both psychological tests and structured interviews) used to assess trauma, and examines complicating factors and pretraumatic conditions.

Table of Contents



  1. Etiology of Posttraumatic States
  2. Symptomatology and Phenomenology
  3. Critical Issues in Trauma-Relevant Assessment
  4. Structured Assessment of Traumatic Events
  5. Diagnostic Interviews
  6. General Objective and Projective Measures
  7. Trauma-Specific Self-Report Measures
  8. Putting It All together
  9. Conclusion


Appendix: A Case Example of a Trauma-Relevant Assessment, by Diana M. Elliott


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Reviews & Awards

This volume is a concise summary of the current issues in the assessment of trauma and its effects. Tracing the evolution of the definition of trauma and relevant diagnosis, the author presents an interactionist view of the etiology of posttraumatic states, addresses the limitations of the diagnostic nomenclature, and reviews the empirical support for the use of generic assessment instruments as well as newer trauma-specific measures.
—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol 63, No 1 (Winter 1999)

Professionals and non-professionals interested in this burgeoning areas [post-traumatic states] will appreciate and benefit from reading this concise, well-organized integration of the available information regarding assessment of the effects of trauma…The format of this book and the wealth of information provided makes this both a helpful reference for professionals and engaging introductory reading for new students…Both will benefit from the abundance of information and the even-handed analysis of the contents.
—Contemporary Psychology®, 1998, Vol. 43, No. 5