September 11: Trauma and Human Bonds (Relational Perspectives)

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Our view of massive trauma has been indelibly shaped by the events of September 11, 2001. This extraordinary volume, with contributions by leading scholars, researchers, and clinicians, focuses on the World Trade Center attack and its psychological conseq" Growing out of the horrific events of 9/11/01, this extraordinary collection gathers information from various domains - clinical studies of trauma, developmental psychopathology, psychobiology, epidemiology - in delineating the relationship between human bonds - understood in both relational and attachment contexts - and the experience of trauma. Contributors, most of whom are New York City residents who experienced the events of 9/11, explore the quality of early emotional attachments, differences in attachment styles and family milieus, and the psychological qualities that enable traumatized parents to avoid traumatizing their children. From various disciplinary vantage points, they converge in showing how human relationships can either provide an anodyne to trauma or serve as the vehicle of its transmission.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The overwhelming trauma of 9/11 left us all in a state of speechlessness, horror, and disbelief. The editors of this volume have collected a group of essays on this experience that allow us to begin to comprehend the meaning and impact of that dark day in American history. Moreover, these contributions greatly advance our knowledge of human reactions to trauma and thus make this book an outstanding contribution to the subspeciality of traumatology as well as to the entire mental health field. I highly recommend the book both to clinicians and to students in the mental health professions."

- Glen O. Gabbard, Ph.D., Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis

"The September 11 terrorist attacks led to an unprecedented community response to alleviate the suffering they created. In this extraordinary book, the authors vividly describe both the horror and the selfless actions that it spurred from a multiplicity of perspectives, ranging from in-the-moment gestures of kindness, to exquisitely thoughtful therapeutic encounters, to monumental institutional undertakings to learn how to best help the survivors. The authors make a compelling case for the importance of human bonds in the recovery from trauma, both at the personal and the national levels. This wise and timely book is indispensible reading for anybody affected by a traumatic event, which is now all of us."

- Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Psychology, University of California

"The 9/11 terrorist attack traumatized the nation, and the nation's trauma experts ably responded. This important new book assembles experts froma variety of disciplines — psychoanalytic clinicians, developmental psychologists, epidemiologists, sociologists, and neurobiologists — to provide a comprehensive survey of what we knew, what we have recently learned, and what new questions we can now ask about trauma victims and their treatment. Their contributions range from poignant clinical accounts to epidemiological surveys to suggestions about how aspects of psychological and biological development influence the vulnerability of those who are exposed to trauma. The volume as a whole reminds us that one of the possible sequelae of trauma is growth — growth in knowledge, growth in understanding, and growth in our capacity to cope with future trauma."

- Robert Michels, M.D., Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881633818
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series, #23
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan W. Coates, Ph.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director, The Parent-Infant Program, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Jane L. Rosenthal, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Faculty, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Pediatrics), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Medical Director, Infant-Family Service, New York-Presbyterian Hospital; and Director of Research, The Parent-Infant Program, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

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Table of Contents

Preface - Robert Alan Glick
1: Introduction: Trauma and Human Bonds - Susan W. Coates
2: A Letter from Brooklyn: September 11, 2001 - Hernn Poza III
3: Brief Interventions with Traumatized Children and Families After September 11 - Susan W. Coates, Daniel S. Schechter, and Elsa First
4: Mental Health of New York City Public School Children After 9/11: An Epidemiologic Investigation - Christina W. Hoven, Donald J. Mandell, and Cristiane S. Duarte
5: Clinical Management of Subsyndromal Psychological Sequelae of the 9/11 Terror Attacks - Lawrence Amsel and Randall D. Marshall
6: Evolution of the Interpersonal Interpretive Function: Clues for Effective Preventive Intervention in Early Childhood - Peter Fonagy and Mary Target
7: Intergenerational Communication of Maternal Violent Trauma: Understanding the Interplay of Reflexive Functioning and Posttraumatic Psychopathology - Daniel S. Schechter
8: Relational Mourning in a Mother and Her Three-Year-Old After September 11 - Adrienne Harris
9: Some Clinical Observations After September 11: Awakening the Past? - Ellen Rees
10: The Emerging Neurobiology of Attachment and Separation: How Parents Shape Their Infant's Brain and Behavior - Myron A. Hofer
11: Neurobiological Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma - Martin H. Teicher, Ann Polcari, Susan L. Andersen, Carl M. Anderson, and Carryl Navalta
12: An Agenda for Public Mental Health in a Time of Terror - Daniel B. Herman, Barbara Pape Aaron, and Ezra S. Susser
13: Lessons for High-Risk Populations from Attachment Research and September 11: Helping Children in Foster Care - Francine Cournos

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