Psychological Sequelae of Torture

  • Stuart W. Turner
  • Caroline Gorst-Unsworth
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Although much has been written about the history and methods of torture, and moving testimonies have been produced by individuals and groups of survivors, there have been few attempts to produce an explanatory model which systematically deals with the common physical and psychosocial sequelae. Never has this been more important (Pilisuk & Ober, 1976). Torture is prohibited by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights ([UN]) and the Convention against Torture (UN, 1984), yet it is widely used by state authorities throughout the world as an instrument of interrogation and systematic repression (British Medical Association, 1986). (1987a) has reported the use of “brutal torture and ill-treatment” in over 90 countries in the 1980s.


British Medical Association Psychological Sequela Systematic Repression Southeast Asian Refugee Danish Medical Bulletin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart W. Turner
    • 1
  • Caroline Gorst-Unsworth
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity College and Middlesex School of Medicine, Wolfson Building, Middlesex HospitalLondonEngland
  2. 2.The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of TortureLondonEngland

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