Coping With Catastrophe: A Handbook of Post-disaster Psychological Aftercare

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Disasters strike with sudden violence, tearing bodies, lives and families apart. Coping with Catastrophe is a practical handbook for people who provide psychosocial aftercare for victims of disasters. Peter E. Hodgkinson and Michael Stewart are leading experts in the field of disaster aftercare, and this book is based on their unique and extensive experience, which includes the Bradford fire, the Zeebrugge disaster, the Lockerbie plane crash and the Hillsborough disaster. Using the survivors' own words, the ...
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Overview

Disasters strike with sudden violence, tearing bodies, lives and families apart. Coping with Catastrophe is a practical handbook for people who provide psychosocial aftercare for victims of disasters. Peter E. Hodgkinson and Michael Stewart are leading experts in the field of disaster aftercare, and this book is based on their unique and extensive experience, which includes the Bradford fire, the Zeebrugge disaster, the Lockerbie plane crash and the Hillsborough disaster. Using the survivors' own words, the authors provide a vivid and moving account of the experiences of survival and bereavement under different types of conditions. They summarise the most up-to-date thinking about the psychological effects of disaster, and describe the therapeutic strategies available for treating victims with persistent problems, emphasising the welfare needs of staff involved in rescue and support. They also discuss in detail the practical aspects of co-ordinating disaster relief, such as the organisation and planning of specific services like outreach facilities and crisis helplines after the event. Coping with Catastrophe will be of value to a wide variety of helping professionals and carers, including social workers, psychologists, doctors, voluntary counsellors, and all those whose work brings them into contact with disaster victims.

Incl. nature & effects of trauma, psychological debriefing process, effects of emergency work, PTSD, grief.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415169394
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/23/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 271
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgements
1 Survival and bereavement 1
2 Technological disaster 44
3 Organising for disaster 71
4 Crisis intervention, debriefing and outreach 108
5 Treating post-traumatic stress and abnormal grief 150
6 Disaster workers 196
References 230
Index 249
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