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

Paperback | October 10, 2014

byLee Ann Hoff

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Unlike books focusing on a single crisis topic, Crisis helps recognize common signs of endangerment across a range of life challenges by showing the interconnections between various harmful events. Through media coverage of school shootings, suicides, domestic abuse, workplace violence, andmore, we've become accustomed to hearing about violence and trauma - almost invariably followed by reports that show all of the warning signs that were missed. While it is impossible to predict when, where, and with whom a crisis will occur, we do have the means to be better equipped to intervene instressful situations before they tip over into a crisis. Important preventative information is readily available, and this book better prepares us to take appropriate responsive action. Often a crisis is the result of a critical life event; whether or not a life-changing event turns into a crisis depends on the type, timing, and interpretation of theevent, the person's life cycle development phase, history of healthy coping, and available timely support. In sum, Lee Ann Hoff illustrates how to recognize crisis as both danger and opportunity. The more we know about how to spot a potential crisis and what to do, the more likely distressed personswill get the help they need.

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Unlike books focusing on a single crisis topic, Crisis helps recognize common signs of endangerment across a range of life challenges by showing the interconnections between various harmful events. Through media coverage of school shootings, suicides, domestic abuse, workplace violence, andmore, we've become accustomed to hearing about...

Lee Ann Hoff, PhD, is a nurse-anthropologist and crisis specialist, the founding director of the Life Crisis Institute - an international not-for-profit organization in Boston and Ottawa - a former professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, a visiting professor at the Institute of Applied Psychology, Lisbon, and an adjunct p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199364168

ISBN - 13:9780199364169

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PART I: People in Crisis: How do They Feel, Think, and Act, and How Can We Help?1. Life Crises: How to Avoid Danger and Grasp Opportunity2. Recognizing the Different Faces of Distress on the Road to Full-Blown Crisis3. What to Do: How to Cope and Avoid Disastrous Crisis OutcomesPART II: Life-Threatening Crises: Suicide, Abuse, and Violence toward Others4. A Cry for Help: Suicide and Other Self-Destructive Behaviors5. Victimization by Violence, Sexual Assault, and Emotional Abuse6. The Violent and Abusive Person: Preventing Violence is Everybody's BusinessPART III: Crises Arising from Unexpected Stressful Events and Life Cycle Passages7. Threats to Health Status from A Serious Illness or Accident8. Loss of Job, Home, and Financial Security9. Life Cycle Changes, Loss and Growth: From Birth to Death