ISBN 9789351502425,Grief and Disappearance: Psychosocial Interventions

Grief and Disappearance: Psychosocial Interventions



Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd.

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789351502425

ISBN-10 9351502422


Number of Pages 248 Pages
Language (English)

Educational psychology

Grief and Disappearance is one of the few studies about the impact of disappearance and the psychosocial and therapeutic interventions required for grieving relatives.
This book examines the theoretical background of grief and gives an insight into the nature and complexity of grief and mourning. Further, it describes various conflicts that arise out of the loss of a loved one in the context of disappearance. Additionally, it discusses forms of coping strategies that relatives adopt depending on their individual identities and cultural background.
The book uses case studies to analyze collective forms of dealing with disappearance and coming to a closure. The impact of death certificates, truth commissions, exhumations, memorial places and forms of art and symbolic rituals are points of analysis.

About the Author

Barbara Preitler works as trauma therapist and is a supervisor for psychotherapists and social workers. She is a Lecturer at University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Her main areas of research are psychotraumatology, trauma and grief and psychological aspects of international development cooperation. Dr Preitler has published numerous articles and has also developed diploma courses on trauma counselling in Austria and Sri Lanka.
Table of contents :-
List of Abbreviations

Reaction towards Loss-Grief
The Social Consequences of ‘Enforced Disappearances’
Collective Forms of Coping
Psychotherapeutic Work with Traumatised People
Individual Reactions to ‘Enforced Disappearances’
The Family and ‘Enforced Disappearances’
Interventions for Communities after ‘Disappearances’
If a ‘Disappeared’ Person Comes Back
Self-care for Professionals