Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Consequent to Motor Vehicle Collisions: Contributions from a Clinical Science


This chapter establishes the features of motor vehicle collisions (MVC) related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical and psychological conditions common to the MVC experience and establishing the influence of such conditions on the expression, intensity, and course of PTSD symptoms. Current theoretical models of PTSD provide important roadmaps for the development of treatments for these individuals. Available theoretical models have helped to guide treatments. Conceptual models are used to explain PTSD, serving as the foundation for current PTSD treatment alternatives. The empirical data support CBT, cognitive therapy, and supportive psychotherapy. Current work is investigating how these treatments can be modified in ways that will allow easier dissemination including Internet and virtual reality applications. Given the large number of MVC survivors with PTSD, this is an important step in treatment development. The theory driven approach to reviewing PTSD treatments reflects the strong training and research traditions of the authors. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Motor Vehicle Collisions: Medical, Psychosocial, and Legal Consequences