Schematic integration of traumatic events.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Across multiple disciplines of psychology, one commonly used heuristic device, the schema, has often been called upon to illustrate the integration of an event. This paper is a critical examination of the literature on schemas and traumatic events. Three perspectives are identified: process-focused models, content-focused models, and construct-focused models. Process-focused models most clearly elucidate the change mechanisms and provide specific treatment implications in terms of exposure-based interventions. Content-focused models provide clinicians and researchers with hypothesized thematic conflicts that may need to be addressed in treatment. Construct-focused models and methodologies may provide a means by which researchers can represent and quantify the degree of conceptual integration of a traumatic event. The concepts of schema formation, activation, and modification are explored from each perspective. Implications for assessment and clinical interventions are also discussed.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cason, DR; Resick, PA; Weaver, TL

Published Date

  • February 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 153

PubMed ID

  • 11793577

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-7358

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0272-7358(01)00085-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States