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.

Unemployment and Homelessness

Unemployment and homelessness

In 1998, 1.2 billion people were in dire poverty throughout the world. This is the same number, though, a slightly smaller proportion of the world's population, as were poor in 1990.

The poor still account for nearly half of all sub-Saharan Africans…. This dilemma is further reflected in the high levels of unemployment and homelessness in places where such poverty abounds.1

This chapter focuses on loss of employment and the loss of a home, or homelessness. It is interesting to note that many of the major losses discussed in this book can be related to unemployment and homelessness. For example, I note in the chapter on violence and war that a significant percentage of Vietnam veterans have experienced posttraumatic stress disorder, and ...

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