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Cumulative Trauma

The term cumulative trauma has been operation-alized in a number of ways in the literature. The diversity of conceptualizations stems from both theoretical and methodological differences in attempts to explore the construct (see Scott-Storey, 2011, for a complete review). However, the consistent hypothesis associated with the term cumulative trauma is that as the number of traumas accumulates, there is a concomitant increase in the trauma-related symptomatology. A similar concept has been described in the medical literature, with the description of conditions that are exacerbated by repeated injury over time. Although the two literatures have not been directly linked, researchers in both the mental and physical health fields have verified the detrimental effects of repeated trauma exposure.

Mental health researchers have documented the prevalence of a range ...

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