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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.