Joyce Dixson killed a man. As she stood in the courtroom and listened to the Judge issue the verdict, bewildered, she thought: "How could my life have come to this?" The next thing she thought was: "What is going to happen to my children?"
Her children were just two children in millions, who are still living with parents in prison. There wasn't much information available on this population when she went to prison. However, Levels of Response to Traumatic Events is a tool that will equip family, lay people and professionals alike in effectively helping and working with children of incarcerated parents.
LORTE is: A tool that describes the journey the children will take; and the stops they will make along the way A tool that tracks, defines and explains adverse behavior A tool that allows the youth, caregiver and professional to identify where the youth is in the cycle A way to simplify the task of creating effective treatment goals LORTE is a tool for resiliency. We can give our children what they need to bounce back. Levels of Response to Traumatic Events is a tool that makes resiliency more than possible.
People's reactions to critical life events is a topic that has stimulated basic as well as applied research by psychologists from a number of different subdisciplines. In this unique work, Marita Inglehart synthesizes previous research in the field and proposes a unique way of thinking about reactions to critical life events that has important implications for much of contemporary social psychological research. The new generalized principle of cognitive consistency, which integrates elements of cognitive consistency theory and attribution theory, offers several significant advantages over existing theories of reactions to critical life events, particularly in terms of the contribution to our understanding of the importance of specific variables such as social support and individual differences. The study is divided into three sections and begins by reviewing and evaluating the current status of theoretical research on reactions to critical life events. The various theoretical contributions are judged against their ability to answer questions regarding the energizing and structuring components of these reactions. Part II introduces the generalized principle of cognitive consistency and explores its applications to research on reactions to critical life events. The third set of chapters demonstrates the way in which the new theory can be used to reinterpret research findings centered around the importance of moderator variables in predicting reactions to critical life events. Inglehart concludes by discussing the role of life philosophies in general and examining the practical implications for counseling of the generalized principle of cognitive consistency. An important contribution to the social psychological literature, this volume will help both to bridge the gap between basic and applied research and enhance communication between the various subdisciplines involved in investigating reactions to critical life events.
The assessment of risks posed by natural hazards such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis or cyclones is often based on short-term historical records that may not reflect the full range or magnitude of events possible. As human populations grow, especially in hazard-prone areas, methods for accurately assessing natural hazard risks are becoming increasingly important.
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