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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2000 Oct-Dec;13(4):147-58.

Post-traumatic stress disorder in children: controversies and unresolved issues.

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Wright State University-Miami Valley, College of Nursing and Health, Dayton, OH, USA. june008@aol.com

Abstract

TOPIC:

Questions regarding how severely traumatized children may meet diagnostic criteria for an accurate diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the comorbidity of PTSD with many other psychiatric illnesses, and the possibility that PTSD is not a valid diagnostic formulation as it has been applied to children and adolescents demonstrate that the currently held concept of PTSD may not be operationally sound.

PURPOSE:

To explore recent empirical studies to demonstrate the current state of controversy and postulate future direction of the conceptual framework.

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Selected published literature.

CONCLUSIONS:

PTSD in children and adolescents, as it is popularly understood as a conceptual framework, is found to be undergoing a conceptual metamorphosis.

PMID:
11883403
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