The first man-made trauma study with children: Terr’s Chowchilla kidnapping study

Abstract

The purpose of this mini review is to investigate one of the earliest man-made disaster trauma studies and compare and contrast with Freud’s concept of trauma. Terr (1979) conducted a yearlong longitudinal qualitative anecdotal study with kidnapped children. Fundamentally, she pointed out views on which she disagreed with Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud and redefined the trauma concept. However, she still stuck to psychoanalytic terminology and referred to trauma as “psychic trauma,” as Freud originally did

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