Understanding and Mining the Trends

In setting out to develop this chapter, I had to engage in a little bit of a crystal ball exercise of sorts. Well, that might sound a little too unscientific or systematic. How exactly can the trends and future of PTSD studies be spotted? I will confess that I make no claim to being a visionary. In fact, my method for trying to figure out where the field is going was quite simple and tedious. It was also systematic, however.

The methodology used to develop the details of this chapter involved a comprehensive search of the mental health literature in basic research, clinical practice, and developing theory. Some refer to this method as bibliometric. The following is a list of data sources used:

■ PsycINFO database from the American Psychological Association

■ PILOTS database from the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

■ National Center for PTSD Research Quarterly from the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

■ National Center for PTSD Clinical Quarterly from the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

■ Publications of the American Psychiatric Association

■ Internet search using Google search engine

Each of the relevant databases was examined between the years 2003 and 2005 in order to represent the most recent state of the field. Also, rather than simply list or present the various articles, I have attempted to glean the general trend from each and attempted to group various studies into such trends and directions.

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