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Trauma Research, Social Work Contributions to

During the past several decades, the field of traumatology has produced significant advancements in the breadth and depth of our knowledge and understanding of the psychological and social impact of traumatic events. These advancements have occurred in both the practice and research arenas. Since its inception, traumatology has been an interdisciplinary field drawing from medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and pastoral counseling, among other disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of the field has been a strength; nevertheless, each discipline has made contributions emanating from its unique perspective. This entry reviews a number of areas in which the discipline of social work has made seminal contributions to trauma research. For this purpose, social work research is defined as research for which a principal contributor has a social ...

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