Diagnostic Issues in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Considerations for the DSM-IV

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Four issues of key interest with regard to posttraumatic stress disorder in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) are discussed. These include: (a) how to define the stressor criterion, especially, whether or not the victim's response ought to be included and whether low-magnitude traumas qualify etiologically; (b) the cohesiveness of the syndrome and the validity of items across stressor groups; (c) the position of posttraumatic stress disorder within DSM-IV; and (d) comorbidity with other illnesses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, JRT; Foa, EB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 346 - 355

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-843X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0021-843X.100.3.346

Citation Source

  • Scopus