Fragility, Posttraumatic

Traumatic events are particularly disturbing and problematic because of the experiences individuals have following the event. Whether the traumatic event consists of the potential loss of life, injury, or loss of previous meaning, we are confronted with the fragile nature of the human condition. It is not unusual for individuals to experience a traumatic event during a lifetime, however not everyone develops chronic psychosocial issues as a result. Many researchers have focused on understanding the specific variables that render some individuals more fragile than others.

This entry explores the experience of fragility in individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. Fragility will be discussed relative to physiological and psychological trauma and specific attention will be paid to the experience of the fragility of life and death ...

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