This 8 page paper outlines a methodology to test the hypothesis that there is an inverse relationship between memory recovery of child sexual abuse and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder and to assess the value of a potential intervention. The paper outlines an intervention with the use of the refugee model and develops a methodology taking into consideration the need for reliability and validity using the DSM-IV as a tool. The bibliography cites 8 sources.
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is vital when undertaking primary research. With the hypothesis that there is an inverse relationship between memory recovery of child sexual abuse and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. If
the sample to be assess are those who have recently recovered memories this will be the independent variable. The independent variable is that over which the research has control. The
dependant variable will be the presence or absence of the posttraumatic stress disorder. If the hypothesis is correct there will be a low level of PTSD emerging from
the subjects that have recovered memories of child abuse, with PTSD occurring at a rate lower than would normally be expected for such a traumatic event. The development
of an intervention to aid with the treatment of the suffers and their potential symptoms needs to be based on the way PTSD is generally treated. PDS as well
as the precursors to post traumatic stress disorder, or Acute Stress Disorder or Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety can be assessed using the DSM-IV-TR.
The model proposed is that of the refugee model (Mayer et al, 2003). Mayer (et al, 2003) have argued that by using standard PTSD models there is
a limiting of the understanding of the conditions that are suffered and that there is the need for a more holistic model. There is already literature that supports this approach,
such as the work of Van der Kolk who states that post traumatic stress disorder is not able to describe the complex reaction and extent of the experiences that take
place (1996, quoted in Mayer et al, 2003). By likening this with the Refugee Model there is an ability to gain a more holistic approach that appreciates a greater range