This book provides a state-of-the-art guide to the rapidly growing field of traumatic stress. It reviews and integrates the many scientific findings from psychology, psychiatry and sociology into an encompassing model. This general model is applicable to the reactions to war stress, disaster, violence, accidents and bereavement. Topics such as normal and disturbed coping patterns, social support and various risk factors are also discussed. In addition to the theoretical model, a number of treatment methods for posttraumatic stress disorders is described. Theoretical and practical issues of these treatments are presented.
The efficiency of the methods is elucidated by the description of a psychotherapy outcome study on these methods. Information of prevention programs for victims of serious life events is also provided.
This integrative approach is of interest to researchers, clinicians, public health workers, physicians, personnel workers, and all other professionals who are involved in research and/or health care with regard to traumatic events.
Table of Contents
PART I. Introduction and Concepts
1. Traumatic stress
2. General concepts
PART II. Traumatic Events
6. Concentration camps
PART III. General Theory
8. Coping with trauma
9. Determinants of trauma and coping
PART IV. Intervention
11. Behavior therapy
12 Short-term psychodynamic therapy
14. The effects of brief psychotherapy
15. Trauma in perspective
Rolf J. Kleber is a social and cross-cultural psychologist. He is a senior researcher at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and head of the research unit of the Institute for Psychotrauma.
Danny Brom is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He was the first Director of the Institute for Psychotrauma, The Netherlands, and is presently working at Ezrath Nashim Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.
Peter B. Defares, a social psychologist and psychotherapist, is Professor in Psychology of Stress at the University of Amsterdam.