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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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COVA S, Félix; RINCON G, Paulina; GRANDON F, Pamela  e  VICENTE P, Benjamín. Controversies in regards to the conceptualization of the post-traumatic stress disorder. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2011, vol.49, n.3, pp.288-297. ISSN 0717-9227.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92272011000300010.

The controversies respect to the PTSD, since its formulation as a diagnostic category up to the present, have been multiple. Questions have been posed in relationship to its status as a scientific concept because due to socio-historical factors that influenced in its origin as a category as well as in the expansion of its use. Also, queries have been raised concerning the validity of this construct. The concept of traumatic event, the causal relationship between the traumatic event and its psychopathological consequences, the specificity of the traumatic response, are relevant parts of these queries. The article presents an overview of these controversies and states its implications for the understanding and treatment of the psychological consequences of traumatic events.

Palavras-chave : Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); construct validity; traumatic events.

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