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Violence and Mental Health

Its Manifold Faces

By Jutta Lindert (Edited by), Itzhak Levav (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 438 pages, Softcover reprint of Edition
Other Information: 11 black & white illustrations, 20 black & white tables, biography
Published In: Netherlands, 18 November 2016
Violence is one of the most important challenges, not only for public health systems, but also for public mental health. Violence can have immediate as well as long-term and even transgenerational effects on the mental health of its victims. This book provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging assessment of the mental health legacy left by violence. It addresses the issues as they affect states, communities and families, in other words at macro-, meso- and microlevels, beginning by describing the impact of violence on neurobiology and mental health, as well as the spectrum of syndromes and disorders associated with different forms of violence. The work moves on to tackle violence at the international-and intranational-level before zeroing in on the nature of violence in communities such as villages or city districts. It also examines the results of violence in the family. Each type of violence has distinct effects on mental health and in each chapter specific groups are explored in depth to demonstrate the heterogeneity of violence as well as the diversity of its outcomes in the realm of public mental health. Finally, the book addresses the notion of 'undoing violence' by detailing case studies of effective interventions and prevention occurring in countries, communities and families. These cases give us pause to reflect on the nature of resilience and dignity in the context of violence and mental health. All the chapters have been written by leading authors in the field and provide a state-of-the-art perspective. The authors, from different fields of expertise, facilitate interdisciplinary and international insights into the impact of violence on mental health.

Table of Contents

Preface: Martin McKee.- Foreword: Jutta Lindert, Itzhak Levav.-Part 1: General Issues in Violence and Health: Chapter 1: Violence in Prolonged Conflicts and its Socio-Psychological Effects: Iris Lavi, Danier Bar-Tal.- Chapter 2: Intergenerational Transmission on Violence: Cathy Spatz Widom, Helen W. Wilson.- Chapter 3: Violence and Mental Health States: Jutta Lindert.- Part II: Self-Inflicted Violence, A Public Health Challenge: Chapter 4: Self-Inflicted Violence: Jose Manuel Bertolote, Diego de Leo.-Part III: Violence in Families: Chapter 5: Child Abuse and Adult Psychopathology: Gilad Gal, Yael Basford.- Chapter 6: Corporal Punishment and Children's Mental Health: Opportunities for Prevention: Lawrence Wissow.- Chapter 7: Mental Health Consequences of Violence against Women: Jane Fisher, Meena Cabral de Mello.- Chapter 8: The Consequences of Violence on the Mental Health of the Elderly: Robert Kohn.- Part IV: Violence in Communities: Chapter 9: Bullying in Schools: Rates, Correlates and Impact on Mental Health: Sheryl Hemphill, Michelle Tollit, Aneta Kotevski, Ariane Florent.- Chapter 10: Violence against People with Mental Disorders: Angelo Barbato.- Chapter 11: 'This is where the Seed is Sown': Aboriginal Violence - Continuities or Contexts? : Ernest Hunter, Leigh-Ann Onnis.- Chapter 12: Trafficked Persons and Health: Itsvan Szilard, Arpad Barath.- Part V: Violence in Societies: Chapter 13: Terrorism and its Impact on Mental Health: Sasha Rudenstine, Sandro Galea.- Chapter 14: Political Persecution in the German Democratic Republic between 1949 and 1989 and it consequences for Mental and Physical Health: Gregor Weissflog, Elmar Brahler.- Chapter 15: The Aftermath of the European and Rwandan Genocides: Itzhak Levav.- Chapter 16: The New H5 Model of Refugee Trauma and Recovery: Richard F. Mollica, Robert Brooks, Solvig Ekblad, Laura McDonald.- Part VI: Outlook: Evidence based Models of Prevention and Intervention: Chapter 17: Evidence based Interventions for Violent Behavior in Children: Sajid Humayun, Stephen Scott.- From Sharpeville to Marikana: The Changing Political Landscape for Mental Health Practice in a Violent South Africa: Leslie Swartz.

Reviews

"The book explores the effect of violence on victims and discusses evidence-based interventions. ... the book is appropriate for clinicians (i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, graduate students in the social sciences) who work with victims. ... the book is very readable and contains helpful figures and tables as well as interesting case studies. ... In this day of increased violence around the world, the book serves an important function." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, August, 2015)"Violence is the most inhuman challenge to the human social fabric and to the psychological sciences: their failures are more frequent than their victories. This book provides an outstanding scientific framework to the analysis and the possible answers to structural violence, to the social structures that harm people and to interpersonal violence, when individuals harm other individuals."Benedetto Saraceno, Professor of Global Health at the University Nova of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. "It is the responsibility of our societies to ensure healthand wellbeing for all their members. To achieve these aims, we urgently need thecommitment from our societies to the prevention of all forms of violence. Thispublication presents new knowledge and evidence that support clear action thatsocieties must take to build a legacy of health and development throughout thelife course."Dr. Matilde Maddaleno, PAHO/World Health Organization, Washington DC. "For those interested in the specific issue of the bidirectional link between mental illness and violence, this book is a good starting point. While the social stereotype of mental illness is of a person who is likely to be violent, this book reminds us that the reality is complex. Mental illness is a frequent outcome for thos who have experienced violence and those with with mental illness are also more likely to be victims of violence. However, it need not be so. There are numerous opportunities for intervention to improve mental health outcomes for those who have experienced violence. This books reminds us we can do better." Dr. Soumithra Pathare, India Law Society, Pune, India

EAN: 9789401778831
ISBN: 9401778833
Publisher: Springer
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.3 centimetres (0.66 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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