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Review Article

Risk and Resilience Factors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Current Research

Morena Lauth-Lebens* and Gerhard W. Lauth

Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science, University of Cologne, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Morena Lauth-Lebens
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science
University of Cologne, Germany
Tel: 0049-2234-802426
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: April 01, 2016; Accepted Date: April 13, 2016; Published Date: April 20, 2016

Citation: Lebens ML, Lauth GW (2016) Risk and Resilience Factors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Current Research. Clin Exp Psychol 2: 120. doi: 10.4172/2471-2701.1000120

Copyright: © 2016 Lebens ML, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Traumatic events can occur among both the military and the civilian population and a small but clinically meaningful subset of trauma-exposed individuals develops a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Essentially, this refers to a pattern of severe negative responses in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

Aim: Despite its event-based aetiology, PTSD is not exclusively and directly caused by a traumatic stressor. As a traumatic event does not invariably result in the expression of PTSD, an understanding of the antecedent conditions is paramount. In recent years, numerous studies have addressed the precipitating and preventive factors of PTSD development and revealed interesting but conflicting data.

Overview: To address the discrepant results, this brief summary attempts to outline the state of research 2006 onwards. By synthesizing results from meta-analyses and systematic reviews, the present work seeks to advance our understanding of vulnerability and resilience mechanisms associated with PTSD susceptibility and expression.

Conclusion: Overall, prior work has consistently implicated posttrauma stressors in the development of PTDS whereas pretrauma variables seem only weakly associated with the disorder. These findings are encouraging, since posttrauma factors might be more adjustable and modifiable than relative static demographic variables. By implication, the dynamic risk factors operating subsequent to trauma might provide an access for targeted interventions. Before extrapolating more specific implication for screening and treatment, the apparent inconsistencies in the extant literature accentuate the need for more standardized and systematic research strategy. Better insights into the predictive and protective factors of PTSD may inform the development of screening tools and preventive interventions for at-risk population.