Trauma, posttraumatic stress, and family systems

Briana S.Nelson Goff, Lauren M. Ruhlmann, Rachel Dekel, Sydni A.J. Huxman

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Across the globe, individuals, families, and communities are directly impacted by traumatic events through a spectrum of issues, including posttraumatic stress and similar psychological disorders, family distress, and upheaval of social and community systems. The repercussions from trauma impact the family and social-cultural community systems of individual trauma survivors, yet a theoretical model outlining traumatic stress in the context of kinship networks and family social systems is missing in the field. The current chapter provides a description of the Family Systems Adaptation to Trauma (FSAT) Model, that is, an integrated framework addressing the individual, interpersonal, and social-cultural community systems with trauma and traumatic stress. The chapter concludes with clinical application to improve trauma recovery for individuals and families with a global perspective on systemic family therapy, which can be applied across various contexts, cultures, and traumatic experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Set
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781119438519
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2020

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  • Family Systems Adaptation to Trauma Model
  • Family systems
  • PTSD
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Psychological trauma
  • Systemic family therapy
  • Trauma


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