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Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth
Social Context, Environment, and Identities

ISBN 9780415527811
Published March 4, 2015 by Routledge
246 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What happens in the trauma’s aftermath? How do its effects manifest differently on the individual, family, and community-wide levels? Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth: Social Context, Environment, and Identities explores the way traumatic events are defined, classified, and understood throughout the life cycle, placing special emphasis on the complex intersections of diverse affiliations and characteristics such as age, class, culture, disability, race and ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. The book gives its readers a solid basis for understanding traumatic events and treating their effects and also shows the varied ways that trauma is conceptualized across cultures. Both new and seasoned clinicians will come away from Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth with a deep understanding of the principles that guide successful trauma treatment.

Table of Contents

Introduction. I. Mapping the Arena  1. Concepts and Definitions  2. Classification of Stressful Events  3: Leading Theories  II. Pathogenic and Salutogenic Outcomes of Exposure to Stress in Individuals, Families and Communities  4. Effects of Stress on Individuals  5. Effects of Stress on Couples and Families  6. Effects of Stress on Communities  III. Understanding Stress and Trauma From Developmental and Cultural Perspectives  7. Developmental Perspectives: Stress, Trauma and PTG across the Life Cycle  8. Cultural Aspects  IV. Addresing the Outcomes of Stress and Traumatic Exposure  9. Helping Individuals Affected by Highly Stressful Events  10. Interventions with Couples and Families  11. Community Interventions  References

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Roni Berger, PhD, LCSW, is professor of social work at Adelphi University School of Social Work, USA.


"Berger's book is a significant contribution to the vital and expanding field of stress and trauma care and is a must read for social workers, psychologists, crisis counselors, and other human-service professionals. Dr. Berger has researched and reported on every area of crisis care, looking at the needs of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Especially valuable is her content on understanding stress and trauma from a developmental and cultural lens. There is a richness and thoughtfulness to her writing and her sensitivity to the work is heartfelt. Think of this book as a necessary addition to a practitioner's knowledge base for work within the field of trauma." Joan Beder, DSW, professor in the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University

"In this unique book on traumatic stress, Roni Berger presents comprehensive and integrative perspectives of all aspects of stress and trauma. Remarkable in its diversity, this excellent book includes theoretical and clinical perspectives and addresses negative and positive effects of stress and trauma, which are analyzed through the different lenses of micro, mezzo, and macro systems. Roni Berger makes an invaluable contribution to the field, and this book is highly recommended for researchers, clinicians, and students." Michal Shamai, PhD, associate professor in the school of social work at the University of Haifa

"Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth is an essential text for clinicians who treat trauma. It provides a comprehensive and masterful discussion of theory and intervention. The author locates her analysis in the complex intersection of culture and life stressors, making this book timely and applicable to trauma treatment throughout the life cycle." Jessica Rosenberg, PhD, LCSW, associate professor of social work at Long Island University–Brooklyn