CHAPTER 12In this volume, prominent psychologists recount their experiences in dealing with victims of crisis, and also describe interventions they have used to
help these victims cope with the devastation these crises have caused. In this
final chapter, I consider some of the lessons that have been learned from the
experiences of the authors and their colleagues. I make no attempt to recount
every lesson learned. But I hope that the lessons mentioned here will assist
readers who themselves need to aid victims of crisis, who train those who
intervene, or who, in the worst of scenarios, themselves undergo the kinds of
crises described in this book. My goal in the chapter, then, is to summarize
from the book what I believe are the main lessons learned.
What Do We Know About Psychological Interventions
for Victims of Crisis?
|1. ||Those most in need of help are often those who are most difficult to reach.
In a disaster, some victims are much more accessible than others. The
most accessible ones often tend to be those who are salient in the
affected community who in turn are often middle class or somehow
part of the visible social structure. But as Mukherjee and Alpert point
out, the members of marginalized segments of communities are typically those who are most affected by crises. They are also the ones with
the fewest coping resources and the ones who are hardest to reach.
Carr worked in Africa with members of communities rarely seen by
trained help-givers at all. Dybdahl worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina at|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Psychological Interventions in Times of Crisis.
Contributors: Laura Barbanel - Editor, Robert J. Sternberg - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2006.
Page number: 265.
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