Advocacy through science: Reply to comments on Resick et al. (2012)

Authors

  • Patricia A. Resick,

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    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    • Women's Health Sciences Division (116B-3), National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.
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  • Erika J. Wolf,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Shannon Wiltsey Stirman,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Stephanie Y. Wells,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Michael K. Suvak,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychology, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Karen S. Mitchell,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Matthew W. King,

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Michelle J. Bovin

    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • After Patricia Resick, all authors are listed in reverse alphabetical order (the opposite order of Resick et al., 2012).

    Michelle Bovin is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (T32MH019836-14A2) awarded to Terence M. Keane.

Abstract

The 4 comments on the review by Resick et al. (2012) of the complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) literature highlight important theoretical and conceptual questions about the nature and utility of CPTSD and echo the very questions that motivated the review. We discuss the points raised in the comments, particularly with respect to the definition of CPTSD, its relationship to PTSD, and treatment implications. We suggest that setting high scientific standards for CPTSD research is an optimal way to advance the conceptualization of the construct and the treatment of this population.

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