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At the heart of traumatic stress studies is a recognition that trauma occurs within social, economic, and political contexts. Judith Herman, one of the pioneers of the traumatic stress field, has even stated that the systematic study of psychological trauma depends on the support of a political movement. Regardless of whether the focus has been on combat veterans, Holocaust survivors, victims of crime, disaster, or terrorism, or victims of family violence in all of its forms, it has been impossible to separate the external events that cause or precipitate the traumatic experience from the person who experiences the trauma. The concept of trauma-organized systems has been applied at individual, family, organizational, and societal levels as a way of describing the complex and interactive impact of ...

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