Traumatic Stress and Its Aftermath: Cultural, Community, and Professional Contexts

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Explore the aftermath of traumatic stress as it affects various populations, including therapists themselves!

This book will educate you about the aftermath of traumatic stress as it impacts people in a variety of settings. It explores the factors that lead to increased or reduced vulnerability to the effects of traumatic stress, emphasizing the impact of cumulative/multiple trauma rather than the effects of a single traumatic incident, to help you design and implement effective prevention and intervention programs.

The specific populations and groups addressed in this important book include:

  • adolescent girls involved in armed conflict in Colombia’s guerilla war
  • urban African-American youth—a theoretical model for risk and resiliency
  • people with strong spiritual/religious beliefs—how spirituality can affect a person’s reaction to traumatic stress
  • women in recovery in a community aftercare shelter
  • female trauma therapists—factors affecting vicarious traumatization of helping professionals
  • college students with histories of abuse
Providing a framework for understanding traumatic stress-related issues based on a variety of methodologies and measures, Traumatic Stress and Its Aftermath addresses important questions, such as:
  • What is the relationship between the experiences of trauma or other stressful life events, and subsequent traumatic stress?
  • What are the protective factors that can buffer or ameliorate the development of traumatic stress in the face of adverse life experiences, trauma, or other stressful events?
  • How do these questions evolve in different cultural or community contexts, and with different populations?
  • What are the implications for interventions for community institutions and mental health workers?
  • What roles do self-esteem and spirituality play in a person’s reaction to traumatic stress?
  • How do reactions to traumatic stress differ between women who have been sexually abused as children and women who have not?
From editor Sandra S. Lee: "Contemporary developments in the study of traumatic stress are shifting. This book reflects an emphasis on the study of traumatic stress in normal community, cultural, or college student populations and groups, while other literature has focused on individuals specifically diagnosed with PTSD. In addition, Traumatic Stress and Its Aftermath: Cultural, Community, and Professional Contexts emphasizes the search for risk and protective factors and factors that can buffer the relationship between trauma exposure and subsequent distress."
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides a community and culturally based approach to examining the complexity of PTSD through relevant and timely empirical research.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to explore the effects and aftermath of traumatic stress as well as to examine the protective factors which can impact prevention issues for traumatic stress within the community. In light of current world events, this is not only a timely addition to the field but a highly worthwhile one as well.
Audience: Anyone in the mental health field who is actively involved with individuals suffering from trauma will find in this book an invaluable base of knowledge. Additionally, the book would make an excellent supplement to an abnormal psychopathology course or to a PTSD seminar course. The contributors are credible members of the mental health community.
Features: The book covers the most pertinent topics pertaining to trauma such as cultural factors, community issues, and vicarious traumatization. Two articles which stand out are "Risk and Resiliency: A Test of a Theoretical Model for Urban, African-American Youth" and "Psychological Characteristics of Women Who Do or Do Not Report a History of Sexual Abuse." Overall, the selection of articles adds to the reader's knowledge base and encourages the reader to pursue further information in the area.
Assessment: Truly a well-organized, smartly selected group of articles on a timely topic. This is an excellent resource to update one's level of knowledge in a truly fascinating area of psychology. Definitely recommended.
Ronald F. Levant
A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS. Unlike many of the available volumes on traumatic stress, this book focuses on the larger contextual issues, such as cultural factors and the role of the community. The matters of risk and protective or buffering factors are covered, as is the very important matter of the vicarious traumatization of mental health care providers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
EdD, ABPP, Co-Editor, A New Psychology for Men; Dean and Professor, Nova Southeastern University
Laurie Ann Pearlman
A USEFUL TEACHING TOOL FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING. ... An interesting compendium of research. . . . One of the book's primary strengths is the inclusion of culturally diverse populations and varied traumatic stressors. Another is the focus on theory-based research. A third useful contribution is the inclusion of recommendations for designing research and intervention strategies, which include an emphasis on attention to cultural and other contextual factors.
PhD, Co-director, Traumatic Stress Institute/Center for Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy; Co-author, Risking Connection: A Training Curriculum for Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Traumatic Stress and Its Aftermath
  • Risk and Resiliency: A Test of a Theoretical Model for Urban African-American Youth
  • Adolescent Girls in Colombia's Guerrilla: An Exploration into Gender and Trauma Dynamics
  • Impact of Stressful Life Experiences and of Spiritual Well Being on Trauma Symptoms
  • Psychological Characteristics of Women Who Do or Do Not Report a History of Sexual Abuse
  • Physical and Sexual Trauma, Psychiatric Symptoms, and Sense of Community Among Women in Recovery: Toward a New Model of Shelter Aftercare
  • The Relationship Between Attachment Styles and Vicarious Traumatization in Female Trauma Therapists
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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