Debriefing: from military origin to therapeutic application.

J. Samter, M. L. Fitzgerald, C. A. Braudaway, D. Leeks, M. B. Padgett, A. L. Swartz, M. Gary-Stephens, N. F. Dellinger

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1. The objective of the debriefing process is the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Risk factors for PTSD can be classified into three categories: premorbid personality, the environment, and the trauma itself. 2. Nurses are in a position to intervene using debriefing at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. 3. Debriefing, individually and in groups, is an effective intervention in preventing the adverse reactions incurred by a traumatic stressor. The use of a debriefing model counteracts the tendency to suppress the powerfully affective component of the traumatic experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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