*Explores the major symptoms of post traumatic and acute stress reactions
*Defines each concept and draws distinctions between them.
*Proposes six factors that put some people at greater risk of developing the disorder
*Provides a gender, race and ethnic understanding of differences among groups.
*Offers demographic statistics on the disorder and the major types of trauma
*Describes the best treatments for overcoming the effects of traumatic events
*Suggests combination treatments for best results.