© 2000

International Handbook of Human Response to Trauma

  • Arieh Y. Shalev
  • Rachel Yehuda
  • Alexander C. McFarlane

Part of the Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Human Response to Trauma: An Evolving Paradigm

  3. Trauma and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
    2. B. Hudnall Stamm, Matthew J. Friedman
      Pages 69-85
    3. Alexandra Argenti-Pillen
      Pages 87-102
    4. Eliezer Witztum, Moshe Kotler
      Pages 103-114
  4. The Victimization of Women and Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-128
    2. Dora Black, Martin Newman
      Pages 129-138
    3. Gwenneth Lilian Roberts
      Pages 139-152
    4. Sue Robinson
      Pages 163-177
    5. Libby Tata Arcel
      Pages 179-193
  5. Studying the Effects of Trauma over Its Changing Longitudinal Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-212
    2. Barbara L. Niles, Elana Newman, Lisa M. Fisher
      Pages 213-222

About this book


In 1996, representatives from 27 different countries met in Jerusalem to share ideas about traumatic stress and its impact. For many, this represented the first dialogue that they had ever had with a mental health professional from another country. Many of the attendees had themselves been exposed to either personal trauma or traumatizing stories involving their patients, and represented countries that were embroiled in conflicts with each other. Listening to one another became possible because of the humbling humanity of each participant, and the accuracy and objectivity of the data presented. Understanding human traumatization had thus become a common denomi­ nator, binding together all attendees. This book tries to capture the spirit of the Jerusalem World Conference on Traumatic Stress, bringing forward the diversities and commonalties of its constructive discourse. In trying to structure the various themes that arose, it was all too obvious that paradigms of different ways of conceiving of traumatic stress should be addressed first. In fact, the very idea that psychological trauma can result in mental health symptoms that should be treated has not yet gained universal acceptability. Even within medicine and mental health, competing approaches about the impact of trauma and the origins of symptoms abound. Part I discusses how the current paradigm of traumatic stress disorder developed within the historical, social, and process contexts. It also grapples with some of the difficulties that are presented by this paradigm from anthropologic, ethical, and scientific perspectives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Arieh Y. Shalev
    • 1
  • Rachel Yehuda
    • 2
  • Alexander C. McFarlane
    • 3
  1. 1.Hadassah University HospitalJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Mount Sinai School of MedicineBronxUSA
  3. 3.Queen Elizabeth HospitalWoodvilleAustralia

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