What Is Trauma? A Response to Rosen
William O’Donohue - Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
Claudia Avina - Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
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In Avina and O’Donohue (2002), we explicated the DSM–IV PTSD trauma criterion and argued that certain forms of sexual harassment meet the diagnostic Criterion A of PTSD. We respond to Rosen’s (2004) claim that our argument leads to a conceptual bracket creep and the creation of the conceptual equivalent of “pretraumatic” stress disorder. Problems in Rosen’s critique of our argument are highlighted and our original claims are clarified.