Developmental Epidemiology of PTSD

  title={Developmental Epidemiology of PTSD},
  author={Karestan C. Koenen},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • K. Koenen
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Psychology
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Abstract:  Epidemiologic and meta‐analytic studies point to consistent effects of pretrauma factors on risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, our understanding of why only some individuals are vulnerable to the adverse effects of traumatic events remains limited. This article argues that a developmentally informed approach to the epidemiology of PTSD is needed to move this understanding forward. However, there are many challenges to such an approach including the historic… 

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