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Handbook of PTSD, First Edition: Science and Practice Hardcover – May 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1593854737 ISBN-10: 1593854730 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews


"I am very impressed by the scope of this volume and the thoughtfulness of the individual chapters. Friedman et al. have produced a comprehensive book that can serve both as an introduction to the field for newcomers and an up-to-date reference for more experienced clinicians and researchers. The book succinctly reviews and, in some cases, resolves many recent scientific issues and debates. The attention to methodological issues is particularly welcome. Discussions of the relevance of the concept of PTSD to physical health, policy, and law provide a nice bookend to coverage of the more basic scientific work that has led to our current understanding of PTSD risk, diagnosis, and treatment. A valuable addition to my professional library."--Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Director, Traumatic Stress Studies Division, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center
"Friedman, Keane, and Resick have produced a comprehensive volume that superbly tells the story of PTSD across psychology, neurobiology, and healthcare. The Handbook of PTSD will be a valued addition to the libraries of both clinicians and researchers."--Robert J. Ursano, MD, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
"An exceptional volume, written and edited by the leading international experts. Unlike many edited books, this one reads as a single, integrated volume. Chapters are state of the art and beyond, apprising the reader of what is new and, importantly, what may be coming next as new avenues of research bear fruit. This book would be an excellent primary text for a graduate course on traumatic stress and PTSD, as well as a 'must-have' reference for researchers and clinicians. In future years, if I were to see this handbook on a colleague's shelf, with dog-eared pages and Post-it notes sticking out like confetti, I would assume that colleague to be well informed on PTSD research and treatment."--Stevan E. Hobfoll, PhD, Department of Psychology and Summa-Kent State Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress, Kent State University
"As empirical evidence accumulates about the various effects of traumatic events, the need for a comprehensive handbook that covers the full range of these issues is ever greater. This user-friendly volume neatly summarizes 25 years of research and simultaneously sets the agenda for future clinical and scientific studies in the field of trauma. The editors have assembled a cast of some of the most recognized experts in the field, resulting in a volume that is wide ranging, integrative, and above all, thought provoking. This book will be incredibly useful as a text for a speciality seminar for doctoral-level students."--J. Gayle Beck, PhD, Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
"Friedman et al. have set a new standard with their superb handbook. With chapters written by leading experts, the book offers truly comprehensive coverage of core concepts and cutting-edge discoveries about the nature and treatment of PTSD, along with balanced, authoritative reviews of the many controversies in the field. It provides valuable information on virtually everything that is important to know about PTSD and its treatment. This impressive book is essential reading for researchers and clinicians working with trauma survivors. It is a vital resource for graduate-level classes in psychopathology within training programs in psychology, psychiatry, and allied health professions."--Steven Taylor, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada

"A timely and thorough introduction to the complex array of research on trauma and PTSD....The Handbook of PTSD is thoughtfully edited. The topics chosen are important, timely, and well integrated. The authors do a good job addressing differences in responses to trauma as well as differences in PTSD's associations with a variety of factors, including culture, gender, and developmental stage....Anyone looking for a sophisticated introduction to trauma and PTSD will find the Handbook of PTSD an excellent resource that will provide a solid review of scholarship and practice."--Social Service Review
(Social Service Review 2010-11-04)

"A volume of work that is remarkably current, comprehensive, readable, and applicable in its coverage of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gathering a diverse group of 60 contributing authors from varied orientations, settings, and experiences, the editors have assembled voices from psychology and psychiatry, research, and clinical practice. Superb editing ensures that the writing is nearly seamless, sounding as though it were written by a single author rather than by many expert contributors....An elegant synthesis of nearly three decades of clinical, research, and theoretical advancements in traumatic case studies....Each chapter raises the level of discourse about traumatic stress in ways that are integrative rather than divisive....Friedman, Keane, and Resick provide a clear road map for the next 10 years of research and clinical innovation. If these judicious recommendations are followed, it will both encourage further evolution of the field and allow for the delivery of compassionate, effective services to trauma survivors—all in a manner consistent with theoretical, scientific, and clinical evidence."--Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
(Journal of Trauma and Dissociation 2010-11-04)

"It is not hyperbole to refer to this edited compendium of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), undertaken by three directors of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, as a scholarly tour de force. The virtuosity lies in the convergence of three factors of any significant writing endeavor: aspiration, organization, and, most critically, execution....This rigorous collection of reviews is a boon to the field....This volume captures the evolution from a monomethod, monoconceptual focus of early PTSD research (documenting a given trauma's effect on a given sample with a particular set of symptom instruments) to relatively rich and complex models of resilience and risk....It is hard to imagine anyone working in the field of PTSD from practitioner to researcher—but especially the latter—who would not find this comprehensive collection of reviews grounding as well as inspirational. The practitioner will be able to pick and choose chapters according to his or her populations of interest, understand base rates and epidemiology, and even track down intervention protocols proven effective for particular patients. Clinical scientists or laboratories devoted to trauma research will have at their disposal in the Handbook of PTSD a transparently generous guide to programmatic research. The exciting methods and conceptualizations—in risk and resilience, in the public health model, in nontraditional...web-delivered or educational interventions—are 'lying in wait.' The editors and contributors alike can be sanguine in the expectation that they will be the impetus for another exciting generation of trauma research and psychosocial interventions aimed at alleviating posttraumatic suffering."--PsycCRITIQUES
(PsycCRITIQUES 2010-11-04)

"The publication of Handbook of PTSD represents an extraordinary effort to consolidate the immense, complex, and at times contradictory body of knowledge on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a single textbook. The editors and more than 50 other contributors successfully deliver a book that meets the goal stated in the preface: to provide a sophisticated introduction to the trauma field for graduate students, interns, fellows, scientists, and practitioners....Highly organized, balanced, evidence-based, and comprehensive....An essential resource for anyone who works as a clinician or researcher in the trauma field, and it is recommended for residency and graduate training programs....Irrespective of the reader's school of thought, discipline, or level of training, this book provides a multitude of ways to enrich and inspire a better understanding of this complex field."--New England Journal of Medicine
(New England Journal of Medicine 2010-11-04)

"This book would be particularly useful for those struggling to deal with the emotional and physical demands of caregiving. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic to help the reader manage the difficulties that encompass caregiving."--Journal of Loss and Trauma
(Journal of Loss and Trauma 2010-11-04)

"Without doubt this handbook is worthy of the name. At present it can stand as the definitive compendium of knowledge about its subjects."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
(The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2010-11-04)

"This book is of particular interest to service developers, researchers, and academics in the field and those searching for a thorough grounding of the literature....I thoroughly recommend it and I feel it should be a key text for psychology libraries."--The Psychologist
(The Psychologist 2008-06-03)

About the Author

Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, is Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD, White River Junction VA Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Dartmouth Medical School. He is a recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other honors.
Terence M. Keane, PhD, is Director of the National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System, where he is also Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, and Professor and Vice Chairman of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a recipient of the ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other awards.
Patricia A. Resick, PhD, is Director of the National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University. She is a recipient of the ISTSS Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. She is a past president of both the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and has won awards for her research.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593854730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593854737
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mamaknowsbest on May 23, 2013
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Very informative and needed for class. I also want to keep this in my library in my counseling practice. Great book
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Cromer on October 15, 2010
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Great book for graduate students and professionals wanting to learn about all aspects of PTSD (theory, history, treatment, etc). Would make a great textbook.
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By amy on September 2, 2014
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it has taught me a lot so far it has a few technical chapters as well
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cporras on August 22, 2012
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I am impressed with the service from this seller. I ordered my book and it was here in the shortest amount of delivery time.
Handbook of PTSD is also a great reference and I will be using it a great deal both in my graduate studies and after as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominique Eugene on February 24, 2013
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great addition to my library. glad i purchased it. worth the read. looking forward to other additions. love to collect.
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