Profane Research Versus Researching the Profane: Commentary on Başoĝlu (2009)

Steven H. Miles

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Torture survivors, therapists, and society look to behavioral science for help understanding the traumatization, needs, and treatment of torture survivors. Any research of torture can and possibly will be used by torturers to refine their abuse of prisoners. It is difficult but necessary to discern profane research from therapeutic research of a profane activity. M. Başoĝlu's (2009) study of the traumatization of torture survivors is enormously helpful to clinicians who must heal and to policymakers who must understand the psychological toll of torture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-147
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • ethics
  • prisons
  • research
  • torture
  • war
  • war crimes


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