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.

International Perspectives on Loss and Adaptation: The Case of Romania

International Perspectives on Loss and Adaptation: The Case of Romania

International perspectives on loss and adaptation: The case of Romania

This chapter details some of my observations of contemporary losses experienced by citizens of Romania. This chapter will suggest how, because of politics, history, and economic factors, loss may be a general issue confronting a whole people. Societies as a whole may be sustaining or maligning. Unfortunately, 11 years after its liberation from an isolationist Communist dictatorship, Romania remains an example of how the maligning forces of a society can diminish the lives of the society's citizens in large and small ways on a daily basis.

These observations were made in 1998 and were supported by a William Fulbright Research Award. Although these observations pertain to Romania, ...

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