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Trauma Psychology

  1. George F. Rhoades Jr.

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1009

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Rhoades, G. F. 2010. Trauma Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Ola Hou Clinic, Aiea, Hawaii

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Trauma may be seen as an insult or assault to the body of an individual resulting in a long-standing injury. Trauma may also be seen as a psychologically distressing event that is outside the range of usual human experience, often involving a sense of intense fear, terror, and helplessness. Trauma psychology is the study and treatment of emotional wounds or shocks that may create substantial, lasting damage to a person's psychological development and state of well-being.


  • trauma;
  • disaster;
  • psychological first aid;
  • PTSD;
  • DID