Category Archives: Research Summaries

For Providers: Assessing Posttraumatic Play

As a psychologist-in-training specializing in child trauma, I am constantly looking for reliable ways to assess posttraumatic symptomology, especially in young children who often cannot report their symptoms to adults.  Children express distress differently than adults; even the DSM-IV-TR acknowledges … Continue reading

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The Recession’s Impact on Children

Novotney, A. (2010).  The Recession’s Toll on Children.  Monitor on Psychology, 41(8), 43-43-46. In the most recent issue of Monitor on Psychology, Novotney summarizes research on the outcomes of low-income environments on children’s cognitive development.  She goes on to detail … Continue reading

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Trauma & Dissociation in the DSM5: Where Do They Fit?

Spiegel, D. (2010).  Dissociation in the DSM5.  Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 11, 261-265. In David Spiegel’s most recent Editorial in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, he discusses some of the possible changes for dissociative disorders in the upcoming … Continue reading

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A New Type of PTSD?

Lanius, R.A., Vermetten, E., Loewenstein, R.J., Schmal, C., Brenner, D.J., & Spiegel, D. (2010).  A dissociative subtype of PTSD: Clinical and neurobiological evidence.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 640-647. Psychology’s daignostic nosology, the DSM-IV-TR, is currently under intense scrutiny by … Continue reading

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Child-Centered Play Therapy and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Cochran, J.F., Cochran, N.H., Nordling, W.J., McAdam, A., & Miller, D.T. (2010). Two case studies of child-centered play therapy for children referred with highly disruptive behavior. The International Journal of Play Therapy, 19, 130-143. In the most recent issue of … Continue reading

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