Psychological Consequences of Torture

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Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law

The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law is a resource hub on traumatic memory and its effect on asylum claims.  Among other valuable resources, it shares scholarly papers by CSEL authors, which might otherwise require a paid journal subscription. 


Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1999

When considering psychological consequences of torture, see, particularly, section VI, Psychological Evidence of Torture, pages 43-56.

When writing affidavits, see, particularly, Annex IV, Guidelines for medical evaluation of torture and ill-treatment, pages 70-72.

Available in a variety of languages.


Post-traumatic stress disorder in the forensic psychiatric setting

Kristiansson, M, Sumelius, K and Sondergaard, HP (2004), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry, 32:399-407

From a clinical point of view, it is well known that many subjects who undergo forensic psychiatric evaluation (FPE) have had various traumatic events in their lives. The article assesses the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in offenders who undergo FPE, compare differences with regard to the prevalence of PTSD between immigrants and Swedes, compare psychiatric comorbidity and offenses between PTSD and non-PTSD patients, and compare various instruments and questionnaires when assessing the level of PTSD symptoms.


Torture and Its Consequences: Current Treatment Approaches

Cusack, John (1995); American Journal of Psychiatry; 152:1230-a-1231.

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