Unit 2 -- Research the Topic

My Topic: 
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the families of active-duty military who have been in dangerous combat for more than 6 months, or who have been wounded.

The  Disciplines My Topic Covers:
Humanities:  stories, testimonials, and movies that deal with this topic, and show the suffering and pain that family members go through when a loved one is in harm's way and even later, when they have been wounded (physically or psychologically).  Memoirs, history.

Social Sciences:  Psychological definitions of post-traumatic stress syndrome; who suffers?  Patterns -- geographic?  Age-related (do mothers suffer more than siblings?  Do spouses suffer more than others?  Demographic factors that influence the severity of post-traumatic stress.  The role of the family in post-traumatic stress.

Natural Sciences:  Medical responses to post-traumatic stress syndrome -- medicine // physical therapy.  What happens in the brain in post-traumatic stress syndrome?  Why? 

15 References:

5 from the Humanities:  novels, films, articles that explore a film's depiction of war and its affect on families

5 from Social Sciences:  5 relevant articles in journals in psychology, sociology

5 from Natural Sciences:  medical journals, published results of research in this area

Thoughts about Interdisciplinarity:
While I am doing the research to find the references that deal with different aspects of my topic, I will think of how they tie together.  For example, how do neurologists define post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?  How do they observe changes in brain chemistry?  How does that compare with the way that psychologists define the PTSD?  How are they the same?  When do the two ways of thinking come together?


Content & art by Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D. -- 2003