Why we need a better understanding of how PTSD affects families

Hope Christie

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “post-traumatic stress disorder”? When I ask this question in public presentations, the answers are along the lines of “the military”, “soldiers” and “war”. Then, when my next slide displays military themed images, it seems as if I have ingeniously predicted the audience’s response.

That fact that people typically associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with war presents a significant problem. Because, while public awareness around PTSD and trauma exposure is increasing, the information people have may be inaccurate or incomplete. And this risks the disorder, and those who are living with it, being misrepresented and misunderstood.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Hope Christie's PhD was funded through a studentship provided by the The Economic and Social Research Council.


  • Parenting
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • trauma psychology
  • Trauma recovery


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