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Keywords:

  • traumatic stress;
  • stress research traditions;
  • issues for stress research

Abstract

Traumatic stress as a research area draws attention from several disciplines, each contributing its own unique tradition to the field. Three research backgrounds are described, including strengths and weaknesses. Research issues currently focus on the psychophysiological basis for stress reactions, the role of personality in stress response patterns, and the trauma stimulus as an independent variable. An overview of this issue's contributions is provided.