Increasingly frequent environmental exposures to hazardous substances present mental health professionals with groups and at times communities of people, faced with high levels of psychological threat. As a result of an increasingly industrial and technological society, a new type of group cohort has emerged – individuals exposed to hazardous substances that present the possibility of immediate and chronic threats to their health and their families’ health. Although the medical sequalae to such exposure had been established, little attention had been paid to the mental health issues or to possible integrated psychophysiological consequences. Originally published in 1986, this book focuses on reactions to exposure to toxic substances as well as some predictors of response in groups faced with increased medical risk subsequent to some of the most common and hazardous toxic exposures found at the time: radiation, toxic waste, asbestos, lead, contaminated water, and toxic chemical fire and leak.

part I|31 pages

Occupational Exposures

chapter 1|15 pages

The Case of Asbestos-Exposed Workers: A Psychological Evaluation

ByAllen Lebovits, Mary Byrne, James J. Strain

chapter 2|13 pages

Psychosocial Correlates of Occupational Lead Exposure

ByEvelyn J. Bromet, Christopher M. Ryan, David K. Parkinson

part II|98 pages

Non-Occupational Exposures

chapter 3|12 pages

Toxic Exposure and Chronic Stress at Three Mile Island

ByLaura M. Davidson, Andrew Baum, India Fleming, Martha M. Gisriel

chapter 6|19 pages

Predictors of Psychological Distress in the Community Following Two Toxic Chemical Incidents

ByJeffrey S. Markowitz, Elane M. Gutterman

chapter 7|22 pages

Threats to People and What They Value: Residents’ Perceptions of the Hazards of Love Canal

ByAdeline G. Levine, Russell A. Stone