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When Their World Falls Apart

Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters, 2nd Edition

Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Joanne S. Caye, Mooli Lahad, and Robin H. Gurwitch

ISBN: 978-0-87101-403-0. 2010. Item #4030. 507 pages.

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This title is an indispensable guide to understanding the effects of disasters for social workers and other disaster management professionals who care for survivors in these times of exceptional need. Like its predecessor, this updated edition uses a developmental framework to discuss the effects of disasters on children and adults across the entire life span, and their families and communities. Resiliency, risk, and recovery are emphasized through the discussions that guide communities in planning strategies for prevention and intervention.

The text is accompanied by a CD with scenarios dealing with hurricanes, floods, a pandemic flu, and a toxic spill that will help the student turn theory into practice. The "Tool Kit" contains a mix of surveys, participant pages for the workshops, a family readiness kit, a booklet on mental health responses to mass violence and terrorism, and a variety of checklists. "Resources" lists useful Web sites related to the topics in each chapter. The fourth section, "Hurricane Floyd," shows segments from the documentary Hard Rain, which depicts several families' reactions to a devastating hurricane.

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