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Perspectives On Loss : A Sourcebook - John H. Harvey

Perspectives On Loss

A Sourcebook

By: John H. Harvey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780876309094
Number Of Pages: 370

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Losses are integral to the human experience, but they sometimes unfold in subtle ways. Loss is not just about death, but can encompass a number of situations, such as those gradual losses experienced by the elderly: loss of vision, mental capacity, or hope. Intended to stimulate ideas and research in the new area of psychological aspects of loss, this sourcebook collects the writing of a set of distinguished scholars representing psychology and related fields. The author presents a case for a broadly-construed field of loss-both personal and interpersonal-that would complement other fields such as death and dying, traumatology, and stress and coping. No other volume is as comprehensive in its treatment of this intriguing subject. The book begins with an introduction to the concept of loss and discusses the definition of the term and the salience of the topic in the general public in the 1990s. Contributors were chosen to represent some of the most interesting current work on different types of loss and adaptation in the whole of the social and behavioral sciences. Contents cover such diverse subjects as loss in intimate relationships, disability, chronic illness, genocide, sports, unemployment, and homelessness. The book concludes with a commentary section on loss theory and research.

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Preface
New Directions in Loss Researchp. 3
Blockades to Finding Meaning and Controlp. 21
Disillusionment and the Creation of Values: From Traumatic Losses to Existential Gainsp. 35
Exploring Loss through Autoethnographic Inquiry: Autoethnographic Stories, Co-Constructed Narratives, and Interactive Interviewsp. 49
A Case for Hope in Pain, Loss, and Sufferingp. 63
Trauma and Grief: A Comparative Analysisp. 81
The Dissolution of Close Relationshipsp. 99
Fatal Attractions: Contradictions in Intimate Relationshipsp. 113
Loss in the Experience of Multiracial Couplesp. 125
Curbing Loss in Illness and Disability: A Relationship Perspectivep. 137
Passion Lost and Foundp. 153
Implications of Communal Relationships Theory for Understanding Loss among Family Caregiversp. 173
Brain Injury: A Tapestry of Lossp. 189
Loss Experienced in Chronic Pain and Illnessp. 201
When a Loss is Due to Suicide: Unique Aspects of Bereavementp. 213
Mental Health Professionals' Responses to Loss and Trauma of Holocaust Survivorsp. 221
Breaking the Cycle of Genocidal Violence: Healing and Reconciliationp. 231
The Experience of Loss in Sportp. 241
What Is Lost by Not Losing: Losses Related to Body Weightp. 253
Homelessness and Loss: Conceptual and Research Considerationsp. 269
Coping with Threat from Intimate Sources: How Self-Protection Relates to Loss for Womenp. 281
Loss of Collective Identity: Self-Sacrifice, Beauty Contests, and Magical Practicesp. 293
Job Loss: Hard Times and Eroded Identityp. 303
Why There Must Be a Psychology of Lossp. 319
Can There Be a Psychology of Loss?p. 331
Issues in the Study of Loss and Griefp. 343
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780876309094
ISBN-10: 0876309090
Series: Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.0  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1