Crisis: How to Help Yourself and Others in Distress or Danger

ISBN : 9780199364169

Lee Ann Hoff
344 ページ
173 x 234 mm

Moving beyond books that address a single type of crisis (e.g. death of a child; diagnosis of a serious illness; sexual assault). Its focus is on helping the general reader and non-specialists recognize common signs of crisis across a range of life challenges. It shows how unexpected events, e.g. death of a loved one or diagnosis of a serious illness often intersect with life cycle transition points (i.e., adolescence, mid-life, old age) and can leave people more vulnerable to slipping into crisis-especially when lacking one's usual social supports. Through extensive use of stories, the book aims to help people identify and respond appropriately to the typical feelings and behaviors when facing traumatic events and life-threatening crisis. For example, some people in acute crisis express a fear of " or have thoughts of suicide or violence toward others. Readers will learn that the high anxiety typical of crisis is normal, not usually a sign of mental illness. Whether or not critical life events result in crisis depends on the type, timing, and interpretation of the event, the person's life cycle development phase, history of healthy coping, and available timely support. In sum, the book's central theme is crisis as both danger and opportunity.


PART I: People in Crisis: How do They Feel, Think, and Act, and How Can We Help?
Chapter 1 - Life Crises: How to Avoid Danger and Grasp Opportunity
Chapter 2 - Recognizing the Different Faces of Distress on the Road to Full-Blown Crisis
Chapter 3 - What to Do: How to Cope and Avoid Disastrous Crisis Outcomes
PART II: Life-Threatening Crises: Suicide, Abuse, and Violence toward Others
Chapter 4 - A Cry for Help: Suicide and Other Self-Destructive Behaviors
Chapter 5 - Victimization by Violence, Sexual Assault, and Emotional Abuse
Chapter 6 - The Violent and Abusive Person: Preventing Violence is Everybody's Business
PART III: Crises Arising from Unexpected Stressful Events and Life Cycle Passages
Chapter 7 - Threats to Health Status from A Serious Illness or Accident
Chapter 8 - Loss of Job, Home, and Financial Security
Chapter 9 - Life Cycle Changes, Loss and Growth: From Birth to Death.


Lee Ann Hoff, PhD, is currently Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences; Visiting Professor, ISPA (Institute for Applied Psychology), Lisbon, Portugal; author/lead researcher on Workplace Violence Prevention, a $750,000 NIOSH-funded online education course (August 2012)