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Methodological Issues in the Assessment of Traumatic Events1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 20, Issue 20, pages 1719–1724, November 1990
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Bromet, E. J. (1990), Methodological Issues in the Assessment of Traumatic Events. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20: 1719–1724. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1990.tb01506.x
This report is based on a discussion prepared for a workshop on Traumatic Stress: Defining Terms and Instruments organized by Dr. Susan Solomon and Dr. Jack Maser, National Institute of Mental Health, November 1988. 1 am grateful to Jo Phelan and Lisa Brandon for their assistance in preparing this article.
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- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Three sets of challenges in assessing traumatic events are discussed: Understanding the sequelae of such events and their implications for the timing of longitudinal data collection; obtaining information on the objective severity of such crises for the individuals affected; and determining the social and environmental context in which such extreme situations occur. Given the complexity of events that ensue from a traumatic experience and the need to understand their mental health consequences, a semistructured approach to measurement is recommended.