With this book, John H. Harvey—widely acknowledged as a key founder of the field of loss and trauma—introduces this broad, interdisciplinary field to undergraduate and beginning graduate students. While many texts cover individual areas such as death and dying or stress and coping, none cover the diversity of loss events that Harvey does in this single volume. Perspectives on Loss and Trauma is the first undergraduate text to present major loss as an encompassing category that includes trauma, death and dying, and stress and coping. It reviews theory and research on the most challenging types of human loss and trauma:

death and dying; disease and injuries; war and violence; divorce and dissolution; unemployment and homelessness; the holocaust and genocide

Written in consideration of cross-cultural, international perspectives on loss, Perspectives on Loss and Trauma discusses relevant therapy approaches and emphasizes a story-telling approach to coping with major loss. It concludes with chapters on therapy and personal adjustment to loss, providing immediate applicability to counselors, therapists, social workers, and other human service professionals.

Introduction to the Study of Loss and Trauma

Introduction to the study of Loss and Trauma

Midway this life we're bound upon I woke to find myself in a dark wood, where the right road was wholly lost and gone.

—Dante, The Divine Comedy

In its most fundamental form, this book is about those events that represent our “dark wood” or that keep us up at night or that disturb our peace and make us ache and yearn for former times or altered outcomes. That dark wood of which Dante wrote awaits each of us. Sometimes, the dark wood encloses us much sooner in life than at the midpoint. Both loss and trauma spin us into dark woods. They are assaults against the self that diminish us but ...

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