The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

Objective Investigations of Controversial and Unorthodox Claims in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work

SPECIAL SECTION: CRITERION CREEP AND PRETRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Further Thoughts on Criterion Creep, and the Creation of Pretraumatic Stress Disorder

Author:
Gerald M. Rosen - University of Washington

Author Note:
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Gerald M. Rosen, 205 Eastlake Center, 2825 Eastlake Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98102. E-mail: grosen@u.washington.edu.

Abstract:
O’Donohue and Avina (2004) challenge conclusions reached in my (2004) analysis of their earlier paper regarding what types of sexual harassment constitute trauma (Avina & O’Donohue, 2002). Their comments reaffirm that Avina and O’Donohue’s original paper did extend the phenomenon of conceptual bracket creep (McNally, 2004) and proposed the conceptual equivalent of pretraumatic stress disorder. The proposals advanced by Avina and O’Donohue, and other examples of conceptual bracket creep, undermine the construct validity of posttraumatic stress disorder.


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The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, vol. 3, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2004-05).
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