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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Psychological Trauma: A Developmental Approach

Edited by Dora Black, Martin Newman, Jean Harris-Hendriks & Gillian Mezey

Price: £30.00

College members' price: £27.00

Published: 1997

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 412

ISBN: 9780902241985

Normal and abnormal responses to stress, disasters, war and civil conflict, and interpersonal violence are discussed, together with diagnosis, interventions and treatments, and legal aspects. There is reference to research findings throughout, and discussion of future research needs; each chapter contains a comprehensive bibliography. With contributions by many of the UK’s leading authorities on responses to traumatic events, and edited by four clinicians with extensive experience on the subject, this first UK textbook on psychological trauma will be valuable to health and social services professionals, lawyers, and those who plan responses to disasters and help organise services. It will also provide a useful introduction to trainees in the various mental health and legal disciplines interested in the subject.


  • Part I: Human responses to stress: normal and abnormal
    • On the origins of post-traumatic stress disorder. A. Beveridge
    • Normal and abnormal responses to stress: a developmental approach. C. Murray Parkes
    • Classification. G. Turnbull
    • The interaction of trauma and grief. B. Raphael
    • Memory and trauma. D. Siegel
    • Theoretical models of post-traumatic stress disorder
      • Physiological and biological mechanisms. R. McIvor
      • Psychoanalytical models. C. Van Velsen
      • Cognitive-behavioural models of PTSD. D. Lee & S. Turner
  • Part II. Disasters, war, civil conflict, dislocation and interpersonal violence
    • A typology of disasters. C. Murray Parkes
    • Community Disasters
      • The Jupiter disaster. W. Yule
      • The Herald of Free Enterprise disaster. W. Yule, R. Williams & S. Joseph
      • Help-seeking by community residents following the Lockerbie air disaster. M. Mitchell
      • The Marchioness riverboat disaster. L. Goldsmith & J. Haddington
      • The Kegworth air disaster. M. Gibson
      • The King’s Cross fire: second phase intervention. R. Rosser
      • The Hungerford massacre. E. Capewell
      • The Piper Alpha oil platform disaster. D. Alexander
      • Psychological consequences of road traffic accidents. M. Newman
    • The effect of conflict on combatants. M. Deahl
    • The effect of conflict on civilian populations
      • The impact of war and atrocity on civilian populations. D. Summerfield.
      • Civil violence. G. Loughrey
      • Children and conflict. A. Nikapota
      • Concepts, causes and magnitude of population displacement. W. Parry-Jones
    • Psychological responses to interpersonal violence
      • Adults. G. Mezey
      • Children. T. Kaplan
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder in the elderly. I. Hyman
    • Torture. S. Turner & R. McIvor
  • Part III. Diagnosis, intervention and treatment
    • Diagnosis and treatment
      • Diagnosis. M. Newman & D. Lee
      • Interventions and treatments. W. Parry-Jones
    • Debriefing and crisis intervention. W. Busuttil & A. Busuttil Bereavement counselling. B. Young & D. Black Treatment of adults
      • Behavioural and cognitive approaches. D. Richards & K. Lovell
      • Psychodynamic psychotherapy. C. Van Velsen
      • Eye movement desensitisation. M. Newman
    • Children and adolescents
      • Treatment of children and families. D. Black
      • Psychodynamic psychotherapy. R. Emanuel & A. Mendelsohn
    • Psychopharmacology. M. Newman
    • Service provision
      • The role of the police. T. Dickie
      • Social work in disasters. M. Gibson
      • The school in disasters. W. Yule & A. Gold
      • The role of volunteers. D. Black
      • The role of employers. D. Richards
    • Effects of disasters on helpers. R. Rosser
  • Part IV. Legal aspects: victims as witnesses and claimants
    • Civil law and psychiatric injury. M. Napier & K. Wheat
    • Post-traumatic stress reactions and the criminal law. G. Adshead & G. Mezey
    • Psychiatric assessment of stress disorders for legal purposes. N. Eastman
    • Ethical issues in disaster and other extreme situations. N. Richman
    • Organising psychosocial responses to disasters. D. Black & J. Harris-Hendriks
    • Overview and comment J. Harris-Hendriks, M. Newman, D. Black & G. Mezey
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