Renowned scientists and practitioners provide a concise summary of current theory, research, and clinical practice regarding traumatic stress. An integrative biopsychosocial theory of trauma response provides a framework for the book. Chapters consider the frequency and likely mental health consequences of a wide range of traumatic events-including military trauma, violent crime, natural and technological disasters, accidental injury, and torture. This comprehensive reference features state-of-the-art psychosocial and biological treatments and community-based intervention strategies.
A collection of 15 articles designed to be directly useful to mental health practitioners, ameliorating the disparity between the growing incidence of traumatic events in daily life and the lack of thorough training among mental-health professionals in the scientific knowledge of trauma, the effects it may have on people, and the steps that can be taken to prevent, assess, and treat those effects. Examines the prevalence, nature, assessment, and treatment of trauma from military service, crime, disasters, accidental injury, and refugee status and torture. Also considers general issues such as community psychology and biological intervention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)