Few systematic data pertaining to somatization following terrorism are available to guide intervention workers and policymakers in response to terrorist events. Somatization is a well-known but poorly understood phenomenon presenting enormous difficulties in clinical management as well as research investigation. It is a heterogeneous concept that is inconsistently defined in research on traumatic events. This article summarizes the somatization field and applies the principles to recommendations for disasters and terrorism research and interventions related to somatization in the postdisaster setting.
- Diagnostic validation
- Medically unexplained complaints
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health