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Post-Traumatic Syndromes in Childhood and Adolescence: A Handbook of Research and Practice

Vittoria Ardino (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-66929-7
486 pages
February 2011
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This book offers a comprehensive overview of up-to-date research and intervention techniques for traumatized youth highlighting uncharted territories in the field of developmental trauma and related post-traumatic reactions.
  • One of the few titles to provide a critical and comprehensive framework which focuses specifically on post-traumatic syndromes in children and adolescents
  • Presents the implications of PTSD in other settings (such as school and family) that are not fully addressed in other works
  • International range of contributors, such as David Foy, Julian Ford, Jennifer Freyd, Giovanni Liotti, and Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, bring perspectives from both Europe and North America
  • An essential resource for both researchers and practitioners
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Table of Contents

About the Editor.



Christine Courtois.



Vittoria Ardino.


Chapter 1 Evaluation and Diagnosis of PTSD in Children and Adolescents (Kathleen Nader).

Chapter 2 Vulnerability and Resilience in Childhood Trauma and PTSD (Scott D. Cicero, Kate Nooner, and Raul Silva).


Chapter 3 The Impact of Lower Magnitude Stressors on Child and Adolescent Development: The Family Context (Don Catherall).

Chapter 4 Stories of Children and Adolescents from Other Cultures: The Trauma of Migration (Dalila Rezzoug, Thierry Baubet, and Marie Rose Moro).

Chapter 5 Post-Traumatic Stress Related to Pediatric Illness and Injury (Elena Camisasca).


Chapter 6 Neuropsychological Underpinnings of PTSD in Children and Adolescents (Helen Z. MacDonald, Jennifer J. Vasterling, and Ann Rasmusson).

Chapter 7 Why and how People Forget. Why and how People Forget Sexual Abuse. The Role of Traumatic Memories (Kathryn A. Becker-Blease, Anne P. DePrince, and Jennifer J. Freyd).

Chapter 8 Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents (Eli Somer).


Chapter 9 The Role of PTSD in Understanding Child Allegations of Sexual Abuse (Paola Di Blasio, Sarah Miragoli, and Rossella Procaccia).

Chapter 10 Exposure to Violence, Post-Traumatic Symptomatology, and Criminal Behaviors (David W. Foy, James Furrow, and Shauna McManus).

Chapter 11 Post-Traumatic Stress in Antisocial Youth: A Multifaceted Reality (Vittoria Ardino).


Chapter 12 Schools as a Context of Trauma Prevention (Barbara Oehlberg).

Chapter 13 A City-Wide School-Based Model for Addressing the Needs of Children Exposed to Terrorism and War (Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Danny Brom, Naomi Baum, Rami Benbenishty, Miriam Schiff, and Ron Avi Astor).

Chapter 14 Helping Children after Mass Disaster: Using a Comprehensive Trauma Center and School Support (Brigitte Lueger-Schuster).


Chapter 15 Use of Somatic Experiencing Principles as a PTSD Prevention Tool for Children and Teens during the Acute Stress Phase Following an Overwhelming Event (Peter Levine and Maggie Kline).

Chapter 16 EMDR and the Challenge of Treating Childhood Trauma: A Theoretical and Clinical Discussion with Case Examples (Barbara Wizansky).

Chapter 17 Recent Advances in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Traumatized Children and Teenagers (Dirk Flower and Stefania Grbcic).

Chapter 18 A Constructivist Perspective on Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents  (Kenneth W. Sewell and Keith R. Cruise).

Chapter 19 Trauma Systems Therapy: Intervening in the Interaction between the Social Environment and a Child’s Emotional Regulation (B. Heidi Ellis, Glenn N. Saxe, and Jennifer Twiss).

Chapter 20 PTSD in the Context of Childhood Endangerment: Implications for Assessment and Treatment (Patricia McKinsey Crittenden and Daniele Poggioli).

Chapter 21 Compassion Fatigue, Vulnerability, and Resilience in Practitioners Working with Traumatized Children (Charles R. Figley, Cheri Lovre, and Kathleen Regan Figley).

Chapter 22 Future Directions in Conceptualizing Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Syndromes in Childhood and Adolescence: Toward a Developmental Trauma Disorder Diagnosis (Julian D. Ford).

Afterword (Giovanni Liotti).


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Author Information

Vittoria Ardino is a senior lecturer in Forensic Psychology at London Metropolitan University, UK, where she lectures in the MSc in Forensic Psychology.  She is the President of the Italian Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress (SISST) and serves on the board of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). She is associated editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology and her research interests and publications bridge clinical and forensic psychology with a focus upon the role of trauma in young and adult offenders with post-traumatic symptoms. She also offers consultancy and workshops on trauma in forensic settings.
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“This book would be helpful for researchers as well as mental health professionals who work with traumatized children and adolescents.”  (PsycCRITIQUES, 27 June 2012)

“As such it is successful, but it is also a wide ranging and in depth examination of the literature and research on PTSD in children and adolescents.”  (Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1 May 2012)


‘This book represents a comprehensive and masterful compilation of state-of-the art knowledge of trauma and trauma-based disorders in children and adolescents. Experiences of trauma – whether attachment-based or due to natural disaster/accident or crime/terrorism – are worryingly common in our children and young people. It is vital that researchers and practitioners can benefit from the recent developments in this ever growing field, to understand why some are stricken with PTSD whilst others are resilient, and how to intervene effectively. Understanding PTSD in children is a challenge and there is a lack of similar works to inform research and practice. The contributions in this book are therefore of critical importance and are of very high quality, provided by many of the most eminent researchers and professionals in the field.

‘The book is wide in scope – it serves to aid understanding PTSD, its sometimes controversial diagnosis, and seeks to clarify and extend definitions of trauma. It emphasises the crucial role of child development; of social risk and resilience in local and international settings, its associations with criminal behaviour and the use of neurobiological, cognitive and attachment models in understanding its causes. It also examines a range of interventions, such as those school-based and social, and treatments available. It is to be applauded for succeeding in its aims of informing, reflecting and looking to future explorations in experiences associated with trauma.’

Antonia Bifulco, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

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