Disasters and Mental Health / Edition 1

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This title provides a comprehensive overview of clinical, epidemiological, psychobiological, psychosocial and service organization aspects of disaster psychiatry.  It takes a practical approach and includes a series of reports on significant experiences made in this field in various regions of the world. 

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This edited book addresses the complexity of assessing factors that contribute to mental health responses to different types of disasters. After examining general themes like vulnerability and resilience, the authors provide studies of several international examples of both natural and man-made disasters.
Purpose: The authors hope to take a field of knowledge that is continuing to develop and raise awareness of both answers and the limitations of answers about who develops pathology. By stimulating further study with improved designs, we should be better able to prevent and manage the mental health consequences of trauma.
Audience: The book is crucial for those who are involved in planning and policy development for prevention and response to disasters. It is also an important resource for any who hope to do further research in this area.
Features: The greatest value of this book is the perspective it can offer based on a growing body of literature about correlates of diverse psychological responses to trauma. It allows the information from specific situations to speak to other settings with an important goal of knowing how best to limit the psychosocial devastation from major catastrophes. An important asset of the book is its inclusion of studies from a variety of cultural and economic settings. This would be hard to find elsewhere.
Assessment: This book offers an excellent source of research in the area with well-defined questions that remain unanswered. This kind of broad perspective is vital for those who prepare prevention and response to local and international crises.
From the Publisher
"…will inform mental health care providers and epidemiologists, as well as those that study and plan disaster response worldwide." (E-STREAMS, April 2006)

"Highly recommended to all physicians who practice within the realm of psychological medicine…recommended to Health Science libraries as a general reference text…" (Electric Review, November/December 2005)

"This timely book will help us maximize what we are summoned to bear when disaster inevitably strikes next." (New England Journal of Medicine, August 25, 2005)

"This book offers an excellent source of research in the area…vital for those who prepare prevention and response to local and international crises." (Doody's Health Services)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470021231
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/22/2004
  • Series: World Psychiatric Association Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors.

Preface (Lopez-Ibor et al).

1. What is a Disaster? (Lopez-Ibor).

2. Psychological and Psychopathological Consequences of Disasters (Fullerton and Ursano).

3. Psychiatric Morbidity following Disasters: Epidemiology, Risk and Protective Factors (McFarlane).

4. Reevaluating the Link between Disasters and Psychopathology (Yehuda and Bierer).

5. Psychological Interventions for People Exposed to Disasters (Benyakar and Collazo).

6. Organization of Mental Health Services for Disaster Victims (Crocq et al).

Mental Health Consequences of Disasters: Research Reports.

7. The Experience of the Kobe Earthquake (Shinfuku).

8. The Experience of the Marmara Earthquake (Gokalp).

9. The Experience of the Athens Earthquake (Christodoulou et al)

10. The Experience of the Nairobi US Embassy Bombing (Njeng and Nyamai).

11. The Experience of the New York September 11 Terroristic Attack (DeLisi et al).

12. The Experience of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster (Havenaar and Bromet).

13. The Experience of the Bhopal Disaster (Murthy).

14. The Latin American and Caribbean Experience (Caldas de Ameida and Rodriguez).

15.  The Israeli Experience (Shalev).

16. The Palestinian Experience (El Sarraj and Qouta).

17. The Experience of Bosnia-Herzegovina: Psychosocial Consequences of War Atrocities on Children (Husain).

18. The Serbian Experience (Lecic-Tosevski and Draganic-Gajic).

19. The Croatian Experience (Folnegovic Smalc).

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