Future Research Directions and the Cutting Edge

At the end of virtually every research article in psychology and psychiatry is a section named, "Issues in Need of Further Investigation" or "Future Directions." It is intended to outline what the study or article failed to do to the author's satisfaction and leaves room for what particulars need to be addressed further. One of the main features of science is that it progresses, with scientists building on and adding to the findings of those who came before them. Although it appears to take steps backward, science keeps moving forward. The fields of traumatology and PTSD theory and research are no exception to this ever-moving force within science. The history of PTSD reflects an evermore sophisticated, complex, and widening breadth of understanding of the etiology, assessment, and treatment of traumatic stress disorders and syndromes. The majority of this book has been about the current state of affairs in the field of PTSD studies. Let's take a look at where we've been heading and what the future might bring.

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