Journal Published Online: 01 March 2001
Volume 46, Issue 2

A Classification of Psychological Factors Leading to Violent Behavior in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder



Posttraumatic stress disorder has long been linked to violent behavior. However, the exact nature of that association remains poorly characterized due to the limitations of knowledge in the area of phenomenology, contextual factors, the biology, and the nature of the aggression involved in the disorder. A clear understanding of the genesis of violence in posttraumatic stress disorder can be helpful to those involved in assessing psychiatric-legal issues relevant to the disorder and in its therapeutic management. In this article, we review the potential psychological links between post-traumatic stress disorder secondary to combat exposure and violent behavior and suggest a tentative classification of the main psychological causes of violence in that syndrome.

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Silva, JA
Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, San Jose, CA
Derecho, DV
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA
Leong, GB
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Weinstock, R
Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA
Ferrari, MM
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, CA
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Stock #: JFS14963J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14963J