ERIC Number: ED423457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Successful Treatment of Traumatic Stress across the Life-Span: A Review of the Current Literature.
Knight, David M.
The literature on the treatment of traumatic stress is examined across three distinct age groups: adults, adolescents, and children. Various psychotherapies including group and individual models, pharmacological interventions, community support resources and integrated models are explored. Comorbidity and other issues are considered. Analysis of the treatment literature reveals some clear implications for the combining and sequencing of specific treatments. This diverse set of therapy programs in concert can more effectively attenuate the range of traumatic symptoms. Drawing from data in each age group, more comprehensive treatment programs are recommended. The literature indicates that complex assessment batteries and multimodal, multifocus treatment programs are necessary for amelioration of the majority of traumatic stress expressions. These treatment packages are applied interactively with biological, psychological, familial, and social factors. Recommendations are made for the design of both treatment programs and future research studies. Limitations of current research and treatment applications are discussed. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.