Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Social Work

First Advisor

Tana Bridge


This qualitative study is grounded in the diagnosis of Disorders of Extreme Stress - Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS). This diagnosis is under review to appear as a subcategory of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the upcoming DSM-V. This study evaluates DESNOS symptoms exhibited in children who have experienced interpersonal traumatic events, specifically domestic violence or sexual abuse. Outcomes suggest that children indeed display characteristics of DESNOS soon after an interpersonal trauma. The findings suggest a need for more research on techniques and treatments that can be used to help children exhibiting symptoms of DESNOS.