© 2001

The Mental Health Consequences of Torture

  • Ellen Gerrity
  • Farris Tuma
  • Terence M. Keane

Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. The Impact of Torture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ellen Gerrity, Terence M. Keane, Farris Tuma
      Pages 3-12
    3. Sister Dianna Ortiz
      Pages 13-34
    4. Metin Basoglu, James M. Jaranson, Richard Mollica, Marianne Kastrup
      Pages 35-62
  3. Conceptual Models for Understanding Torture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. John A. Fairbank, Matthew J. Friedman, Metin Basoglu
      Pages 65-72
    3. Steven Southwick, Matthew J. Friedman
      Pages 73-87
    4. Agnes Rupp, Eliot Sorel
      Pages 89-107
  4. Torture and the Trauma of War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. J. David Kinzie, James M. Jaranson
      Pages 111-120
    3. John A. Fairbank, Matthew J. Friedman, Steven Southwick
      Pages 121-131
    4. Brian Engdahl, John A. Fairbank
      Pages 133-142
    5. Boaz Kahana, Eva Kahana
      Pages 143-157
    6. Derrick Silove, J. David Kinzie
      Pages 159-174
  5. Torture and the Impact of Social Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Mary P. Koss, Dean G. Kilpatrick
      Pages 177-193
    3. Dean G. Kilpatrick, Mary P. Koss
      Pages 195-209
    4. Robert S. Pynoos, J. David Kinzie, Malcolm Gordon
      Pages 211-225
  6. Clinical Issues for Survivors of Torture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. James M. Jaranson, J. David Kinzie, Merle Friedman, Sister Dianna Ortiz, Matthew J. Friedman, Steven Southwick et al.
      Pages 249-275
    3. Anthony J. Marsella
      Pages 277-290
    4. Kathryn M. Magruder, Richard Mollica, Merle Friedman
      Pages 291-307
    5. J. David Kinzie, Brian Engdahl
      Pages 309-315
    6. Dean G. Kilpatrick, Margaret E. Ross
      Pages 317-331
  7. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Ellen Gerrity, Terence M. Keane, Farris Tuma, Sister Dianna Ortiz
      Pages 335-342
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-375

About this book


In 1997 the National Institute of Mental Health assembled a working group of international experts to address the mental health consequences of torture and related violence and trauma; report on the status of scientific knowledge; and include research recommendations with implications for treatment, services, and policy development. This book, dedicated to those who experience the horrors of torture and those who work to end it, is based on that report.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen Gerrity
    • 1
  • Farris Tuma
    • 1
  • Terence M. Keane
    • 2
  1. 1.Neuroscience Center BuildingNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Mental Health Consequences of Torture
  • Editors Ellen Gerrity
    Terence M. Keane
    Farris Tuma
  • Series Title The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46422-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5483-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-1295-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 375
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychotherapy and Counseling
    Clinical Psychology
    Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"The monograph is a rich resource for clinicians and researchers working with torture and trauma survivors. More skilled clinicians are needed in Australia to enhance our response to these marginalized and abused groups of people. This book is an important weapon in mobilizing and underpinning such a response."
(Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 36:2 (2002)
"This book is a must for anyone who is involved with the treatment of violence and its consequences. Clinicians, researchers, policy makers both home and abroad, those in the legal profession, and the victims themselves, if they feel so inclined, will find this book well worth reading."
(Psychiatric Services, 54:7)