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“There are a growing number of books on the market focusing on the history, symptomatology, and treatment of trauma and PTSD. This book provides something unique as its purpose is to highlight the ‘personal positive growth or strengthening that often occurs in persons who have faced traumatic events.’ As the book points out, this is a sadly neglected area in terms of research.… This book has something to offer to the layperson and those who have experienced a traumatic event as well as to the seasoned professional. It is written in an easily accessible style and, given the price of books these days, is also a good value for the money.” --Gladeana McMahon in British Psychological Society Counseling Psychology Review “This is a useful book, ...

Support and Intervention
Support and intervention

I'm going to spend whatever time I have left trying to give some hope to others.1

—Jim Valvano, dying of cancer

An element in recovery from traumatic events is the social support system to which people have access. The effect of this support depends on what is necessary given the circumstances of the event, the resources of the person needing help, and how the support is offered (Barrera, 1988; Cutrona, 1990; Dakof & Taylor, 1990; Hobfoll & Vaux, 1993). Social support may have beneficial effects through the operation of many different processes (Ell & Dunkel-Schetter, 1994). In this chapter, we will not attempt to review the voluminous literature on social support and coping, nor to offer a complete model of how to ...

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