Terrorism and Disaster: Individual and Community Mental Health Interventions

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This follow-up book to Ursano et al.'s earlier title Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster expands the focus on terrorism. There is widespread belief among professionals that terrorism (and torture) produce the highest and most diffuse rates of psychiatric sequelae of all types of disaster. This book's international experts assess the lessons learned from the most recent atrocities. They look at prevention, individual and organizational intervention, the effect of leadership, and the effects of technological disasters and bioterrorism/contamination. Also available Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster 1994 0-521-41633-7 Hardback $135.00M 0-521-55643-0 Paperback $59.00M

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Daniel E. Levin, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This review of mental health interventions following disasters with a special emphasis on terrorism is a follow-up to the authors' previous book, Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster: The Structure of Human Chaos (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
Purpose: The goal is to examine commonalities and differences across disasters, with a special emphasis on individual and community responses and mental health interventions to terrorism. There is a great need for an updated book devoted to this topic. The editors and authors have succeeded in providing the field and community leaders with an all too timely and needed review of this subject.
Audience: The book is written for professionals who work with trauma victims and help plan for disasters. Professionals from many different disciplines will find this book very helpful. The authors are undoubtedly the leading experts in the field.
Features: The first major section includes reviews of the data and some first-hand accounts and "lessons learned" from leaders of responses to recent catastrophic acts of terrorism, such as the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi and 9/11. The next section is a compilation of chapters on acute interventions after a disaster for individuals and groups. The final section focuses on specific individual psychological responses and community responses to fears of exposure to contamination. Community leaders planning for disasters will appreciate the shared insights and experiences of leaders who led previous responses to terrorism. Readers will benefit from the assessment of the research on previous disasters that is clearly presented in the book. Additionally, the book includes a CD-ROM containing three, 50-minute PowerPoint presentations. The lectures cover an overview of psychiatric responses to disaster, debriefing, and working within federal disasters.
Assessment: This is an essential resource for professionals seeking authoritative insight into individual and community mental health interventions after acts of terrorism and disaster. The book expands upon and updates the authors' previous book, specifically and necessarily focusing on the disaster of terrorism. The importance of a resource covering this topic cannot be overestimated. The authors have once again put together one of the most scholarly, pertinent, and useful books in the field.
From the Publisher
"This is a comprehensive and authoritative text packed with challenging observations and up to date experience, facts and opinions. A textbook such as this is well timed and will provide a useful source of information for any mental health professional involved in the response to traumatic situations." Alastair Hull, Psychological Medicine

"This is an essential resource for professionals seeking authoritative insight into individual and community mental health interventions after acts of terrorism and disaster. The book expands upon and updates the authors' previous book, specifically and necessarily focusing on the disaster of terrorism. The importance of a resource covering this topic cannot be overestimated. The authors have once again put together one of the most scholarly, pertinent, and useful books in the field." Doody's Review ServiceG

"Terrorism and Disaster provides practical direction in an area with many unanswered questions." Lancet

"...well written and informative...impressively wide-ranging." Choice

"...an excellent work...It is an absolute must for anyone interested in the topic." Journal of Traumatic Stress

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521533454
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: trauma, terrorism and disaster Carol S. Fullerton, Robert J. Ursano, Ann E. Norwood and Harry H. Holloway; Part I. Terrorism: National and International: 1. September 11, 2001, and its aftermath in New York City John M. Oldham; 2. Leadership in the wake of disaster Prudence Bushnell; 3. The children of Oklahoma City Betty Pfefferbaum; 4. Individual and organizational interventions after terrorism: September 11th and the USS Cole Thomas A. Grieger, Ralph E. Bally, John L. Lyszczarz, John S. Kennedy, Benjamin T. Griffeth and James J. Reeves; Part II. Interventions in Disaster and Terrorism: 5. Applications from previous disaster research to guide mental health interventions after September 11th Carol S. North and Elizabeth T. Westerhaus; 6. A consultation-liaison psychiatry approach to disaster/terrorism victim assessment and management James R. Rundell; 7. The role of screening in the prevention of psychological disorders arising after major traumas: pros and cons Simon Wessely; 8. Early interventions and the debriefing debate Beverley Raphael; 9. Clinical interventions for survivors of prolonged adversities Arieh Y. Shalev et al.; 10. Collaborative care for injured victims of individual and mass trauma: a health services research approach to developing early interventions Douglas Zatzick; Part III. The Intersection of Disasters and Terrorism: Effects of Contamination on Individuals: 11. Responses of individuals and groups to consequences of technological disasters and radiation exposure Lars Weisæth and Arnfinn Tønnessen; 12. Psychological effects of contamination: radioactivity, industrial toxins and bioterrorism Jacob D. Lindy, Mary C. Grace and Bonnie L. Green; 13. Relocation stress following catastrophic events Ellen T. Gerrity and Peter Steinglass; 14. Population-based health care: a model for restoring community health and productivity following terrorist attack Charles C. Engel, Ambereen Jaffer, Joyce Adkins, Vivian Sheliga, David Cowan and Wayne J. Katon; 15. Traumatic death in terrorism and disasters: the effects of posttraumatic stress and behavior Robert J. Ursano, James E. McCarroll and Carol S. Fullerton; 16. Conclusion: terrorism and disasters: prevention, intervention and recovery Robert J. Ursano, Carol S. Fullerton and Ann E. Norwood; Index.

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