cooperative response from professional associations. A group of 11 experts, the Hostage and Family Adjustment Committee, is now working
with the joint support of the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association. These professionals bring considerable expertise to the committee through their previous experience
with prisoners of war, the Jonestown crisis, the Hanafi Muslim incident, Chowchilla school bus kidnapping, and other hostage situations. The purpose of the committee is to offer consultation and support to professionals
working with the hostages and their families either under the auspices
of the State Department or on a private basis.
"Happy endings" for survivors of all types of hostage situations will
occur, not simply because they were released, but because they were
assisted through the complex psychological readjustment process that
follows by family members, friends, and professionals who understood
what they have been through and responded sensitively and appropriately.
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