Give Sorrow Words: Perspectives on Loss and Trauma

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 247 pages
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Throughout our lives, we are influenced by the sensation of loss. Whether implicit or obvious, the impact of this sense of loss affects our daily thinking and behavior. This new text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of loss via exploration into three major types of loss: loss of important relationships (divorce or perhaps the dissolution of important relationships and friendships); losses that damage who we are, our self-esteem (loss of employment); and losses resulting from victimization (being the target of violence or prejudice; loss of home in a natural disaster).

Students of sociology, theology, and family studies will find this text of key interest. Moreover, professionals in these fields, including the fields of trauma and loss, will appreciate the thorough literature review, practical language, clinical interventions, and case highlights.

 

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Contents

Contextualization of Loss Experiences
7
Toward an International Understanding
13
D
18
Conceptual Background
20
A Social Psychological View
26
Words for Silence
37
Survivors Frequent Reactions to the Great Leveler
45
Losing a Child
47
Loss Due to Disease Processes and Accidents
125
Losses Related to Automobile and Other Types
131
Toward an Emphasis on Living with Grace at All Ages
138
Impoverishment Homelessness and Loss of Employment
145
Loss of Employment
152
Violence in Movies
168
Disenfranchised Grief and Stigmatization
178
Victims Survivors and Families Who Carry
184

Losing a Parent
54
Loss of Close Others by Divorce or Dissolution
61
Divergent Perceptions
67
Getting Over Divorce or Dissolution
73
Basic Literature on Violence and Aggression
80
Research Evidence on Domestic and Relationship Violence
86
Conclusions on Loss Due to Senseless Violence
98
Stories from Vietnam
104
Loss Meanings Associated with Gettysburg
112
Silent Losses
191
Toward Greater Recognition of the Necessity
198
Telling and Writing Our Stories of Loss as Therapy
207
Grief Support Groups and Hospices
215
Peace
221
General Myths about Grief
227
Index
241
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John H. Harvey is Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa. Formerly, he taught at Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Texas Tech Universities and was Educational Affairs Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA) from 1981 to 1982. He is a social psychologist specializing in the study of close relationships, attribution and account making, and loss and trauma phenomena. He is a Fellow of Division 8 of the APA and was a Fulbright Research Fellow studying loss in Romania in the spring of 1998. He has authored and/or edited over 20 books and has published 130 articles and chapters. He was editor of "Contemporary Psychology" from 1992 to 1998 and was founding editor of the "Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology" and the "Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss." With Sage, he published the book "Perspectives on Loss and Trauma: Assaults on the Self" in 2002.

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