The chapters in this volume differ in emphasis from the prevailing trend in the scientific study of traumatic events and their aftermaths. In the past, research on the consequences of war, combat, violence, disasters and loss has been overwhelmingly directed toward the individual victim. It has been dominated by a perspective emphasizing intrapsychic variables and processes. This is rather understandable, since professional psychologists and psychiatrists from the Western world have been involved in a capacity of caring for victimized or traumatized people. Thus, their consequent publications have been oriented toward the personal problems and suffering of those who have been affected by terror, abuse, and catastrophes.
KeywordsMental Health Care Traumatic Event Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Traumatic Experience Traumatic Stress
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