Human Adaptation to Extreme Stress

From the Holocaust to Vietnam

  • John P. Wilson
  • Zev Harel
  • Boaz Kahana

Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Robert J. Lifton
      Pages 7-31
    3. Robert S. Laufer
      Pages 33-53
    4. Eva Kahana, Boaz Kahana, Zev Harel, Tena Rosner
      Pages 55-79
    5. Charles R. Marmar, Mardi J. Horowitz
      Pages 81-103
  3. Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-130
    2. Glen H. Elder Jr., Elizabeth C. Clipp
      Pages 131-156
    3. Boaz Kahana, Zev Harel, Eva Kahana
      Pages 171-192
    4. Yael Danieli
      Pages 219-238
  4. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-244
    2. Erwin Randolph Parson
      Pages 245-283
    3. Tom Williams
      Pages 319-336
    4. Steven M. Silver, John P. Wilson
      Pages 337-355
    5. Roland M. Atkinson, Michael E. Reaves, Michael J. Maxwell
      Pages 357-375
  5. Epilogue

    1. John P. Wilson, Zev Harel, Boaz Kahana
      Pages 377-381
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 383-397

About this book


This book is one additional indication that a new field of study is emerging within the social sciences, if it has not emerged already. Here is a sampling of the fruit of a field whose roots can be traced to the earliest medical writings in Kahun Papyrus in 1900 B.C. In this document, according to Ilza Veith, the earliest medical scholars described what was later identified as hysteria. This description was long before the 1870s and 1880s when Char­ cot speculated on the etiology of hysteria and well before the first use of the term traumatic neurosis at the turn of this Century. Traumatic stress studies is the investigation of the immediate and long-term psychosocial consequences of highly stressful events and the factors that affect those consequences. This definition includes three primary elements: event, conse­ quences, and causal factors affecting the perception of both. This collection of papers addresses all three elements and collectively contributes to our understanding and appreciation of the struggles of those who have en­ dured so much, often with little recognition of their experiences.


Holocaust Holocaust survivors Shoah Syndrom cognition diagnosis etiology stress trauma well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • John P. Wilson
    • 1
  • Zev Harel
    • 2
  • Boaz Kahana
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Center on Applied Gerontological Research, Department of Social ServiceCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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