Assessment of emotion and emotion-related processes in PTSD


This chapter reviews methods for assessing emotions and emotion-related processes in the context of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We present brief descriptions of emotions including anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, sadness, shame, guilt, and anger and offer recommendations for their measurement. We also review assessment strategies for emotion-related processes that are particularly relevant to PTSD presentations, including alexithymia, anhedonia, anxiety sensitivity, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and experiential avoidance. All assessment strategies were identified based on the available literature and the frequency of their use with trauma samples. For most constructs, we present recommendations and descriptions for self-report questionnaires although, where appropriate, we also describe lab-based or behavioral measures. Brief psychometric information and administration details are also provided.

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Emotion in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Etiology, Assessment, Neurobiology, and Treatment