publication . Other literature type . Article . 1989

Behavioral/cognitive conceptualizations of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Edna B. Foa; Gail Steketee; Barbara Olasov Rothbaum;
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
The paper reviews and considers the existing cognitive and behavioral accounts for the acquisition and maintenance of post-traumatic stress disorder. Mowrer's two-stage theory as applied to rape victims and Vietnam veterans is critically reviewed. It was concluded that traditional S-R learning theories can adequately account for fear and avoidance consequent to a traumatic event, as well as the greater generalization as compared to simple phobics. However, these theories do not explain the remaining PTSD symptoms. The literature on experimental neurosis predicts that uncontrollable and unpredictable events produce responses that are highly reminiscent of PTSD ir...
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free text keywords: Traumatic stress, Psychology, Psychotherapist, Stimulus (physiology), Rape victims, Learning theory, Neurosis, medicine.disease, medicine, Cognition, Social psychology
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 1989

Behavioral/cognitive conceptualizations of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Edna B. Foa; Gail Steketee; Barbara Olasov Rothbaum;