Trauma Vortex

The image from 2016, in which I schematically summarized the vortex created by traumatic experiences and the subsequent effects of therapeutic relationships, can be distilled into simpler terms: 1. Trauma hampers our ability to mentally process events. During traumatic episodes, our capacity for verbal memory is

Psychology of Migration

Dr. Salih Murat Paker - Clinical Psychologist - Psychotherapist - January 2022 In our age, migration movements have accelerated almost all over the world. Millions of people move every year, sometimes voluntarily for a better life, education, job, but in most cases to escape war, oppression,

Subjective Meaning of Torture as a Predictor in Post-Torture Psychological Response

Paker, M. (2000). Subjective Meaning of Torture as a Predictor in Post-Torture Psychological Response. Dissertation Project. New York: New School for Social Research. EXTENDED ABSTRACT Introduction Despite many efforts launched by international and national organizations, state-sponsored torture remains to be the most commonly used form of organized political

Psychological preparedness for trauma as a protective factor in survivors of torture

Basoglu, M., Mineka, S., Paker, M., Aker, T., Livanou, M., & Gok, S. (1997). Psychological preparedness for trauma as a protective factor in survivors of torture. Psychological Medicine, 27, 1421-1433. ABSTRACT Examined the role of "psychological preparedness" for trauma in post-traumatic stress responses in survivors of torture. 34

Appraisal of self, social environment, and the state authority as a possible mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder in tortured political activists

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Ozmen, E., Tasdemir, O., Sahin, D., Ceyhanli, A., Incesu, C., & Sarimurat, N. (1996). Appraisal of self, social environment, and the state authority as a possible mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder in tortured political activists. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105:2, 232-236. ABSTRACT This study

Severity of trauma as predictor of long-term psychological status in survivors of torture

Basoglu, M. & Paker, M. (1995). Severity of trauma as predictor of long-term psychological status in survivors of torture. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 9:4, 339-350. Abstract Severity of trauma as a predictor of long-term psychological functioning was examined in 55 tortured political ex-prisoners in Turkey. The assessments included

Factors Related to Long-term Traumatic Stress Responses in Survivors of Torture in Turkey

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Ozmen, E., Tasdemir, O, Sahin, D. (1994). Factors related to long-term traumatic stress responses in survivors of torture in Turkey. Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), 272:5, 357-363. Abstract Objective.  —To examine factors related to long-term psychological functioning in political ex-prisoners who had been subjected

Psychological Effects of Torture: A Comparison of Tortured With Nontortured Political Activists in Turkey

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Paker, O., Ozmen, E., Marx, I., Incesu, C., Sahin, D., & Sarımurat, N. (1994). Psychological effects of torture: A comparison of tortured with non-tortured political activists in Turkey. American Journal of Psychiatry, 151, 76-81.   Abstract Objective: The aim ofthe study was to investigate the

A controlled study on the predictors of torture-related chronic post-traumatic stress disorder among political torture survivors

Paker, M. (1992). A controlled study on the predictors of torture-related chronic post-traumatic stress disorder among political torture survivors. Unpublished MA thesis. Istanbul, Turkey: Bogazici University.   Abstract The aims of this study are a) to conduct a comparative survey of the psychological disturbances (particularly post-traumatic stress disorder -