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Trauma and Health : Physical Health Consequences of Exposure to Extreme Stress - Paula P. Schnurr

Trauma and Health

Physical Health Consequences of Exposure to Extreme Stress

By: Paula P. Schnurr (Editor), Bonnie L. Green (Editor)

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Published: 1st January 2004
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The relationship between stress and physical health has posed many questions for researchers. Most of their queries have focused on stressors such as divorce, bereavement, and job loss. However, more recent work has examined the health effects associated with extreme stressors, including war, sexual victimization, disasters, and serious accidents. This volume continues along that path and summarizes findings on trauma and PSTD in relation to three domains of outcomes: health status and disease, somatization, and utilization and cost. Contributors examine the biology of stress and PTSD, and how trauma and PSTD could lead to poor physical health through correlates such as depression, coping, and health behaviors. They also present implications for clinical and health policy. This volume provides a comprehensive summary of existing literature and a refreshing look at current empirical work. It will stimulate research and support clinical practice by providing clinicians with solid information that can inform their work with patients. Trauma and Health clearly shows that poor physical health should be recognized, along with poor mental health as an outcome of traumatic exposure.

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
A Context for Understanding the Physical Health Consequences of Exposure to Extreme Stressp. 3
Physical Health Outcomes in Traumatized Populationsp. 11
Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Health Statusp. 13
Costs and Health Care Utilization Associated With Traumatic Experiencesp. 43
Psychological Mechanisms Linking Trauma and Healthp. 71
Depression, Trauma, and Cardiovascular Healthp. 73
Coping and Health: A Comparison of the Stress and Trauma Literaturesp. 99
Biological Mechanisms Linking Trauma and Healthp. 127
Psychoneuroimmunology and Traumap. 129
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Allostatic Load, and Medical Illnessp. 157
Attentional and Behavioral Mechanisms Linking Trauma and Healthp. 189
Somatization and Multiple Idiopathic Physical Symptoms: Relationship to Traumatic Events and Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 191
Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Health Risk Behaviorsp. 217
An Integrative Model and Its Implications for Research, Practice, and Policyp. 245
Understanding Relationships Among Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Health Outcomesp. 247
Author Indexp. 277
Subject Indexp. 299
About the Editorsp. 311
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ISBN: 9781591470663
ISBN-10: 1591470668
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.89