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Encyclopedia of Trauma

Encyclopedia of Trauma
An Interdisciplinary Guide

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September 2012 | 904 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Trauma is defined as a sudden, potentially deadly experience, often leaving lasting, troubling memories. Traumatology (the study of trauma, its effects, and methods to modify effects) is exploding in terms of published works and expanding in terms of scope. Originally a narrow specialty within emergency medicine, the field now extends to trauma psychology, military psychiatry and behavioral health, post-traumatic stress and stress disorders, trauma social work, disaster mental health, and, most recently, the subfield of history and trauma, with sociohistorical examination of long-term effects and meanings of major traumas experienced by whole communities and nations, both natural (Pompeii, Hurricane Katrina) and man-made (the Holocaust, 9/11). One reason for this expansion involves important scientific breakthroughs in detecting the neurobiology of trauma that is connecting biology with human behavior, which in turn, is applicable to all fields involving human thought and response, including but not limited to psychiatry, medicine and the health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and law. Researchers within these fields and more can contribute to a universal understanding of immediate and long-term consequences–both good and bad–of trauma, both for individuals and for broader communities and institutions. Trauma encyclopedias published to date all center around psychological trauma and its emotional effects on the individual as a disabling or mental disorder requiring mental health services. This element is vital and has benefited from scientific and professional breakthroughs in theory, research, and applications. Our encyclopedia certainly will cover this central element, but our expanded conceptualization will include the other disciplines and will move beyond the individual.

"The Encyclopedia of Trauma is an excellent example of a reference source that takes a topic and examines it from all angles—the single major topic is the focus of the discussion, rather than a particular discipline...This volume is essential for academic libraries supporting programs in psychology, medicine, or social work, and large public libraries will find this useful as well."

Danise Hoover

An excellent standard reference work featuring entries arranged in alphabetical order, with references and links to related topics, this work is an important academic summary of the scholarship on trauma.
Summing Up: Highly recommended.

Key features
  • Multidisciplinary and curricular-driven. Sources, consequences, and modulation of trauma are covered from the perspectives of varied academic disciplines: psychology and the social sciences, medicine and health sciences, social work and human services, history, law, etc.
  • Authoritative and comprehensive. Two volumes include hundreds of signed entries by experts, both academics and practitioners, who cover traditional subjects and emerging ideas along with suggested readings to guide users to in-depth resources for further information.
  • Easy to use and search. Cross-references guide readers to related entries, the entire work concludes with a detailed index, and, although organized in A-to-Z fashion, entries also are grouped by broad themes according to a Reader's Guide in the front matter; these all combine to provide robust search and browse features in the electronic version.
  • Available in both print and electronic formats. Students will have convenient, easy access wherever they may be.

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