Experiential avoidance and PTSD
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Emotion in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Etiology, Assessment, Neurobiology, and Treatment
This chapter introduces and defines the construct of experiential avoidance (EA) and how EA can be distinguished from other related constructs (e.g., emotion regulation). Relational frame theory is described and discussed within the context of the development of EA. The relationship between EA and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is presented through the review of the extant literature within the context of several proposed theoretical models. Mechanisms by which the relationship between EA and PTSD develops and is maintained are proposed and discussed. The malleability of EA is presented through the summation of the limited treatment research that discussed changes in EA and PTSD. Limitations, clinical implications, and future directions for the literature on EA and PTSD are offered and discussed.
Emotional avoidance, Experiential avoidance, Posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, Relational frame theory, RFT
Orcutt, Holly K.; Reffi, Anthony N.; and Ellis, Robyn A., "Experiential avoidance and PTSD" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 274.
Department of Psychology