A longitudinal study of risk and protective factors for symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic caused multiple stressors that may lead to symptoms of adjustment disorder.

Objective: We longitudinally examined relationships between risk and protective factors, pandemic-related stressors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as whether these relationships differed by the time of assessment.

Potentially morally injurious experiences and associated factors among Dutch UN peacekeepers : a latent class analysis

Background: During peacekeeping missions, military personnel may be involved in or exposed to potentially morally injurious experiences (PMIEs), such as an inability to intervene due to a limited mandate. While exposure to such morally transgressive events has been shown to lead to moral injury in combat veterans, research on moral injury in peacekeepers is limited.

Fluctuations of stress and resilience in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic : Insights and recommendations

Healthcare workers (HCW) have faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19, with significant impact on their well-being. We aimed to monitor stress-related symptoms and resilience in HCW over time in relation to various factors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinician's Corner: Treating Trauma-Related Disorders Through the Life Course : Does Age Matter?

‘Once you’ve been initiated into the Elderly, the world doesn’t want you back. […]. We – by whom I mean anyone over sixty – commit two offenses just by existing. One is Lack of Velocity. We drive too slowly, walk too slowly, talk too slowly. The world will do business with dictators, perverts, and drug barons of all stripes, but being slowed down it cannot abide. Our second offense is being Everyman’s memento mori. The world can only get comfy in shiny-eyed denial if we are out of
sight. […]. Us elderly are the modern lepers. That’s the truth of it.’

Brief eclectic psychotherapy for prolonged and traumatic grief following drug-related death

The loss of a loved one due to drug-related death may have emotional and sociocultural implications that influence meaning attribution to the loss, thereby complicating the grief process and increasing the risk of prolonged grief disorder (PGD). Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for Prolonged and Traumatic Grief (BEPPTG) can be tailored to the needs of individuals facing complex meaning attribution following drug-related death bereavement. BEPPTG consists of information and motivation, grief-focused exposure, symbolic interactions, and meaning attribution and activation.


Posttraumatic stress disorder in people with dementia : study protocol

Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is considered an independent risk factor for dementia. Despite the (clinical) evidence that PTSD is associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms in people with dementia, studies on its prevalence and clinical manifestation are limited, and their quality is affected by the lack of a structured method to diagnose PTSD in this population.

Workplace trauma and professional quality of Life in clinical and forensic psychiatry : the CRITIC study

Background: Frontline staff in psychiatry need to perform at a very high professional level in order to ensure patient and community safety. At the same time they are exposed to high levels of stress and workplace trauma. This may have severe consequences for their professional quality of life. In addition, health care workers in general have higher incidence levels of childhood adversity than the general population.

Moral Distress in Humanitarian Aid Workers : How Decolonising Aid Benefits Us All

Power inequalities and structural racism are long-standing problems within the humanitarian aid sector. Staff from high income countries typically work as “international staff,” receiving better treatment than “national staff” from low- and middle-income countries. This can result in harm not only to those disadvantaged by the system but also to those who appear to be benefiting from but are morally conflicted by systemic disparities. Ten current and former international humanitarians, with careers spanning from 3 to 15 years, were interviewed for this qualitative exploratory research.

‘El que ve y Ayuda’ : Evaluation of a Gender-based Violence Prevention Pilot Program in Peru

Community-based prevention strategies (e.g. bystander programs) have the potential to reduce sexual violence against women, but have mainly been implemented in high-income countries and geared towards specific contexts, such as university campuses. Based on local priorities for sexual violence prevention, a community-informed bystander intervention training program, “El que ve y ayuda” (“Who Sees and Helps;” WSH), was developed in Ayacucho, Peru: a post-conflict community.


Impact of suicidality on delayed-onset post-traumatic stress disorder is modified by age : A two-year longitudinal study

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between early suicidality and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) onset in patients with physical injuries, focusing on age as a modifying factor.