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

What Is Trauma? A Response to Rosen

Author:
William O’Donohue - Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
Claudia Avina - Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

Author Note:
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to William O’Donohue, Department of Psychology, Mail Stop 298, Reno, NV 89557. E-mail: wto@unr.edu.

Abstract:
In Avina and O’Donohue (2002), we explicated the DSM–IV PTSD trauma criterion and argued that certain forms of sexual harassment meet the diagnostic Criterion A of PTSD. We respond to Rosen’s (2004) claim that our argument leads to a conceptual bracket creep and the creation of the conceptual equivalent of “pretraumatic” stress disorder. Problems in Rosen’s critique of our argument are highlighted and our original claims are clarified.


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