Paul Valent

Paul Valent

MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP
Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,
Writer.

Comparison with other traumas

Documented childhood trauma (Holocaust): Its sequelae and applications to other traumas. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 2:81-90

As part of the argument whether adult symptoms truly reflect childhood traumas (especially sexual abuse), the symptoms of child survivors of the Holocaust (whose traumas were documented) were compared with symptoms of adults who claimed sexual abuses in their childhoods. The symptoms in the two groups were very similar; so were the responses by society to them. The study contributes to the veracity of childhood sexual abuse claims. The symptoms of the two groups incidentally point out the inefficacy of PTSD to describe complex and pervasive post-traumatic symptoms.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1995 Categories: , ,

Traumatized Holocaust children over 60 years and relevance to other traumatized children. World Conference International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

A comparison is made of symptoms of child survivors of the Holocaust (whose traumas and consequences have been documented over 60 years), with the symptoms of sexually abused children whose initial traumas are usually undocumented. The two groups manifested very similar dysfunctions over similar periods. This adds weight to the validity to the claims of the sexually abused group. They are not mad or bad or brainwashed.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 2000 Categories: ,

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