Trauma symptomatology: Implications for return to work

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Research has suggested that individuals who experience work related injuries may be at an increased risk for developing trauma symptoms or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of PTSD from both a categorical and dimensional perspective and discuss implications for rehabilitation planning with workers with industrial injuries. The negative impact of trauma symptoms and PTSD is profiled according the following four areas that are important for effective career and vocational behavior: (a) making occupational adjustments, (b) adjusting performance to meet specific work demands, (c) utilizing appropriate social and interpersonal skills in the work setting, and (d) meeting the production and time requirements associated with the specific job. Recommendations are then offered to increase the effectiveness of rehabilitation professionals working with industrial injured workers who may be experiencing trauma symptoms or PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Injury
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Trauma
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation


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