Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism / Edition 1

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Helping Children Cope With Disaster and Terrorism offers psychotherapists and others involved in emergency response the most comprehensive, up-to-date information available on the immediate and lasting effects of trauma on children and adolescents. Until recently, it was assumed that children do not display significant clinical reactions in the aftermath of disasters or, if they do, the reactions are fleeting and leave no emotional scars. Yet, as volume editors Annette M. La Greca, Wendy K. Silverberg, Eric M. Vernberg, and Michael C. Roberts demonstrate, children and adolescents do have significant reactions that can interfere with their current and future psychological adjustment. Who is most at risk, and what can be done to help? This book reviews the research and intervention literature on a broad range of natural and man-made disasters, from floods and house-fires to acts of terrorism and war. Chapter authors document children's reactions, identifying factors that may predict or, alternatively, buffer against severe trauma responses. Descriptions of preparatory and post-disaster coping materials and interventions developed for use with children are included. In addition to setting the research agenda and paving the way for theory and model building in this evolving field, this volume has a strong practical emphasis, offering strategies for when and how to intervene, based on clinical observation and empirical evidence.

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An outgrowth of the work of the American Psychological Association's Working Group on Children and Disasters. Chapters identify research issues related to children's trauma responses to the experience of disasters. After four introductory chapters explore basic concepts and issues, 12 chapters review the literature on trauma responses to specific kinds of natural disasters, human made and technological disasters, and acts of violence (from school shootings to war). After each chapter looks at trauma responses, intervention strategies that have been developed are explored and assessed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557989147
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Concepts and Key Issues 9
Ch. 1 Children Experiencing Disasters: Definitions, Reactions, and Predictors of Outcomes 11
Ch. 2 Assessment of Children and Adolescents Exposed to Disaster 35
Ch. 3 Intervention Approaches Following Disasters 55
Ch. 4 Multicultural Issues in the Response of Children to Disasters 73
II Natural Disasters: Introduction 101
Ch. 5 Hurricanes and Earthquakes 107
Ch. 6 Wilderness Area and Wildfire Disasters: Insights From a Child and Adolescent Screening Program 139
Ch. 7 Floods 157
Ch. 8 Residential Fires 175
III Human-Made and Technological Disasters: Introduction 201
Ch. 9 Toxic Waste Spills and Nuclear Accidents 207
Ch. 10 Mass Transportation Disasters 223
Ch. 11 Dam Break: Long-Term Follow-Up of Children Exposed to the Buffalo Creek Disaster 241
Ch. 12 The Traumatic Impact of Motor Vehicle Accidents 259
IV Acts of Violence: Introduction 293
Ch. 13 Shootings, Hostage Takings, and Children 301
Ch. 14 The Aftermath of Terrorism 327
Ch. 15 Children Under Stress of War 359
Ch. 16 Children's Exposure to Community Violence 381
V Conclusions and Implications 403
Ch. 17 Children and Disasters: Future Directions for Research and Public Policy 405
Index 425
About the Editors 445
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    A Must Read!

    Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism is an outstanding resource that will benefit anyone working with children in crisis. Barbara Rubel, author, But I Didn't Say Goodbye: For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors

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