Complex Trauma Reading List

This reading list was compiled by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on complex trauma by Network and other experts in the field.

Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.

Bowlby, J. (1988). A secure base: Parent-child attachment and healthy human development. New York: Basic Books.

Briere, J., & Spinazzola, J. (2009). Assessment of the sequelae of complex trauma. In C. Courtois, & J. Ford. (Eds.) Treating complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based guide, (pp . 104-123). New York: Guilford Press.

Briere, J., & Spinazzola, J. (2005). Phenomenology and psychological assessment of complex posttraumatic states. Journal Of Traumatic Stress, 18(5), 401-412. doi:10.1002/jts.20048

Brown, D. W., Anda, R. F., Tiemeier, H., Felitti, V. J., Edwards, V. J., Croft, J. B., & Giles, W. H. (2009). Adverse childhood experiences and the risk of premature mortality. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37(5), 389-396. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2009.06.021

Courtois, C. A. (2004). Complex trauma, complex reactions: Assessment and treatment. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 41(4), 412-425. doi:10.1037/0033-3204.41.4.412

Edwards, V. J.,  Anda, R. F., Felitti, V. J., Dube, S. R., Kendall-Tackett, K. A. (2004). Application    and practice in health psychology. In K. A. Kendall-Tackett. (Ed). Health consequences of abuse in the family: A clinical guide for evidence-based practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Edwards, V. J., Anda, R. F., Felitti, V. J., & Dube, S. R.(2004). Adverse childhood. Experiences and health-related quality of life as an adult. In K. A. Kendall-Tackett. (Ed). Health consequences of abuse in the family: A clinical guide for evidence-based practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.      

Egeland, B., Sroufe, A., & Erickson, M. (1983). The developmental consequence of different patterns of maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 7(4), 459-469. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(83)90053-4

Fang, X., Brown, D. S., Florence, C. S., & Mercy, J. A. (2012). The economic burden of child maltreatment in the United States and implications for prevention. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36(2), 156-165. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.10.006

Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V., & ... Marks, J. S. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American Journal Of Preventive Medicine, 14(4), 245-258. doi:10.1016/S0749-3797(98)00017-8

Kisiel, C.L., Blaustein, M., Fogler, J., Ellis, H., & Saxe, G. (2009). Treating children with traumatic experiences: Understanding and assessing needs and strengths. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 9( 1), 13-19.

Kisiel, C., Fehrenbach, T., Small, L., & Lyons, J. S. (2009). Assessment of complex trauma exposure, responses, and service needs among children and adolescents in child welfare. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 2(3), 143-160. doi: 10.1080/19361520903120467

Maunder, R. G., & Hunter, J. J. (2001). Attachment and psychosomatic medicine: Developmental contributions to stress and disease. Psychosomatic Medicine, 63(4), 556-567.

Miller, T.R., Cohen, M.A., & Wiersema, B. (1996). Victim costs and consequences: A new look. Washington, DC: The National Institute of Justice.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Complex Trauma Taskforce. (2003). Complex trauma in children and adolescents. Los Angeles, CA & Durham, NC: National Center for  Child Traumatic Stress.

Perry, B. D. (2009). Examining child maltreatment through a neurodevelopmental lens: Clinical applications of the neurosequential model of therapeutics. Journal Of Loss And Trauma, 14(4), 240-255. doi:10.1080/15325020903004350

Putnam, F. W. (2003). Ten-year research update review: Child sexual abuse. Journal of The American Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(3), 269-278. doi:10.1097/00004583-200303000-00006

Putnam, F. W. (1997). Dissociation in children and adolescents: A developmental perspective. New York: Guilford Press

Pynoos, R. S., Steinberg, A. M., Scheeringa, M.S. (2008). UCLA PTSD Reaction Index, Parent Screening Version. Los Angeles, CA & Durham, NC: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Steinberg, A., Brymer, M., Decker, K., & Pynoos, R. (2004). The University of California at Los Angeles Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index. Current Psychiatry Reports, 6(2), 96-100. doi: 10.1007/s11920-004-0048-2

Wang, C. T., & Holton, J. (2007). Total estimated cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States. Chicago, IL: Prevent Child Abuse America.