Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Handbook of Stress, Trauma and the Family

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Handbook of Stress, Trauma and the Family

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Catherall, D. R., (Ed.). (2004). Handbook of stress, trauma and the family. New York: Brunner-Routledge. 567 pp., $44.95.

At the core of most psychotherapy intervention is the treatment of stress and/or trauma. As family therapists, we are especially interested in the impact of stress and trauma on the interactions and relationships within couples and families. This edited text provides a valuable collection of chapters that offer theoretical insights, research experiences, and clinical models from a well respected and experienced group of family clinicians and researchers.

In the last few years, the world has seen the impact of natural and man-made disasters, such as tsunamis and earthquakes, on the global population, as well as hurricanes, fires, war, and floods on our national population. Few lives have remained untouched by the horror and loss associated with these events. The opening chapter of the text (by Matsakis) introduces us to the general impact of trauma on relationships and the particular impact that crosses generations and infiltrates family dynamics. On the local level, all of us continually adjust to the changes associated with aging, as discussed by Hyer and colleagues in their chapter, and with chronic illness, as Rolland covers in another excellent chapter. …

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