Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Work, War, and Rape: Is a Comprehensive Trauma Diagnosis Possible in a Free-Market System?
by Spencer, Ian M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 105; 1692038
Abstract (Summary)

Trauma is a social justice issue by which many of its sufferers historically have remained mystified in a web of misdiagnosis, the most notorious being hysteria. Today, individuals suffering from attachment disorders, anxiety, and depression and the victims of violence, addiction, emotional abuse, and physical abuse often have overlapping symptoms roughly mirroring trauma response symptomatology. These individuals comprise the bulk of those seeking relief from the healing professions, yet the DSM-V has but one diagnosis for trauma: posttraumatic stress syndrome. Recent advances in neuroscience have converged with observations from the field of psychology to confirm the need for a more complex trauma diagnosis. It is time to bring trauma out of the lab and into the streets. Using artistic-creative methodologies, this production thesis channels the expanding body of trauma research into comic strips designed to stimulate social dialogue about the existence of trauma response symptoms in our communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Experimental psychology
Keywords: Complex trauma, Developmental trauma, Non-PTSD trauma, Parenting, Social justice, Trauma
Publication Number: 1692038
ISBN: 9781321673272
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