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Psychologisches Institut Psychopathologie und Klinische Intervention

International Trauma Scripts Consortium

The international consortium began collaborating in 2023. It intensively investigates a bottom-up approach to the assessment of cultural expressions of suffering  after traumatic experiences. We build on the idea that cultural models of normalcy and deviancy affect the presentation of posttraumatic symptoms. The concept of cultural scripts of trauma complements pan-cultural (‘etic‘) diagnoses, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD, as well as the cultural syndromes concept. It captures culture-specific expressions of posttraumatic sequelae, e.g., cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, body-related changes, their temporal associations, and its co-determination by cultural values.

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Basic publication

Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Maercker, A. (2019). Cultural scripts of traumatic stress: Outline, illustrations, and research opportunities. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2528,

In German / auf Deutsch:
Maercker, A., Bachem, R., Mutuyimana, C., & Eberle, D. (2024). Auf dem Weg zu kulturellen Skripten von Traumafolgen [Towards cultural scripts of trauma sequelae].PPmP-Psychotherapie· Psychosomatik· Medizinische Psychologie. eFirst. DOI: 10.1055/a-2276-4992

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