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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.
PART I: UNDERSTANDING DISASTERS
Chapter 1 Introduction to Disasters
Chapter 2 Models for Understanding the Effects of Disasters
PART II: EFFECTS OF DISASTERS
Chapter 3 Children and Disasters
Chapter 4 Family and Community Reactions to Disasters
Chapter 5 Natural Disasters
Chapter 6 Technological Disasters
Chapter 7 Complex Disasters
PART III: Disaster Intervention
Chapter 8 Preparation and Mitigation
Chapter 9 Crisis Intervention
Chapter 10 Postdisaster Intervention
PART IV: Special Topics
Chapter 11 Community Disaster Plans
Chapter 12 Disasters and the Media
Chapter 13 Vulnerable Populations
Chapter 14 Helping the Helpers
A major contribution of this book is its focus on developmental theory and insights into what is known, and not known, about children’s responses to different types of disasters. The ecological perspective as utilized in this work identifies the needs of children and adults in the context of family and community.
The discussion of resiliency explores what individual or community variables affect the ability to recover from disastrous events. Can disasters be prevented or its effects minimized? A preventive intervention strategy is outlined which presents hope in place of despair and some guides for action. Through the authors’ creative talents, readers are brought face to face with their own potential response to disaster through "Touching Reality" exercises.
Norma J. Berkowitz, MSSW
President, Friends of Chernobyl Centers, U.S. Inc.
In the wake of every disaster or terrorist act, there are children and families struggling to make sense of the event and clinicians struggling to make sense of the scattered literature and potential resources for supporting them. This thought provoking text, which combines the international, cross-cultural, empirical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary expertise of four distinguished authors, provides and unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage of the theory and research that must surround psychosocial intervention for children and families following disasters.
Readers who seek to be educated before disaster strikes have "struck gold" in this publication. It presents not only the content of our disaster strikes have "struck gold" in this publication. It presents not only the content of our disaster knowledge in digestible form, but also stimulates critical thinking and application of the knowledge in a classroom or professional development setting. The "Touching Reality" and history-based vignettes make this a unique and intriguing teaching tool for undergraduate students as well as for professional audiences.
Unfortunately, we cannot expect to completely shelter children and families from exposure to disaster and terrorist acts. With the help of this invaluable book, we have been given a marvelous opportunity to develop informed, thoughtful, and motivated helpers, who are available "when their world falls apart."
Conway F. Saylor, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychology, The Citadel
When Their World Falls Apart is an amazingly well organized, comprehensive and informative wealth of resourceful information for understanding disasters. These internationally renowned authors have put together an invaluable "must read" guide to understanding the various dynamics of manmade, natural, and technological disasters, how these traumas affect those impacted; behavioral and cultural criteria to be considered; identifying and dealing with one’s issues; and much more.
Impacts of disasters at the local community, national, and international levels are explored with a multitude of "hands on" examples. Included is an extensive review of literature, theory, and clinical experiences. These experienced authors are able to share what has and has not worked and why. An abundance of up-to-date material, including notes for the trainer, and helping the helper.
Joni Diamond, LCSW, BCC
Chair, NASW California Chapter/ARC (American Red Cross) Council