Psychological service in the wake of cataclysmic life events has emerged as a prominent and visible component of social response. This has generated a bandwagon of potential service providers, service approaches, and service venues. Where once help was scarce, it has become plentiful enough to engender its own set of conflicts and contradictions along with its intended solace and aid. Response to Disaster reconciles the technical, theoretical, and applied interests represented in these various populations and provides a contemporary treatment that can help define the directions of their increasing interaction.

chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Psychosocial, Ecological, and Community Perspectives on Disaster Response

ByRichard Gist, Bernard Lubin, Bradley G. Redburn

part One|108 pages

Theoretical Foundations

chapter Chapter 2|37 pages

The Experience of Disaster: Individuals and Communities Sharing Trauma

ByKrzysztof Kaniasty, Fran Norris

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

Assessing the Impact of Trauma in Work-Related Populations: Occupational and Cultural Determinants of Reactivity

ByDouglas Paton, Leigh M. Smith, Robert Ramsay, Debo Akande

chapter Chapter 5|28 pages

A Critical Look at PTSD: Constructs, Concepts, Epidemiology, and Implications

ByJeffrey P. Staab, Carol S. Fullerton, Robert Ursano

part Two|107 pages

Community Strategies for Intervention

chapter Chapter 6|33 pages

The Help-Seeking Process for Distress after Disaster

BySuzanne Yates, Danny Axsom, Karyn Tiedman

chapter Chapter 7|26 pages

Coping with Disastrous Events: An Empowerment Model of Community Healing

ByJulie van den Eynde, Arthur Veno

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Children's Responses to Disaster: Family and Systems Approaches

ByEric M. Vernberg

part Three|110 pages

Contemporary Issues in Community Systems Research and Practice

chapter Chapter 10|27 pages

Ethical Issues in Working with Communities in Crisis

ByPatrick O’Neill

chapter Chapter 11|22 pages

“And Then You Do the Hokey-Pokey and You Turn Yourself Around…”

ByRichard Gist, S. Joseph Woodall, Lynn K. Magenheimer

chapter Chapter 12|36 pages

Pseudoscience and the Commercial Promotion of Trauma Treatments

ByJeffrey M. Lohr, Robert W. Montgomery, Scott O. Lilienfeld, David F. Tolin

chapter Chapter 13|20 pages

In the Public Arena: Disaster as a Socially Constructed Problem

ByLennis G. Echterling, Mary Lou Wylie