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International Handbook of Road Traffic Accidents and Psychological Trauma: Current Understanding, Treatment, and Law

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19 May 2000
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
448 pages - 189 x 246 x 23mm


The most common trauma that occurs in western civilization is the road traffic accident. Yet medical, psychological and legal professionals have to date largely ignored this all too common horror. In the fall of 1997, the First International Conference was held that was dedicated exclusively to the psychological impact of road traffic accidents (RTAs). This event brought, for the first time ever, the leading experts from all over the world to share and develop their ideas. This provided the catalyst of ideas and information for this volume. The volume as a result contains some of the most current information available on this topic to date. This book contains comprehensive overviews of the common medical and psychiatric disorders that follow RTAs. The book addresses the major psychological disorders of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder, with new data being presented from the leading research centers in the world. Reviews and preliminary data from some of the ongoing controlled clinical treatment trials are shared, as well as how the medical and psychiatric disorders interact with the role of the lawyers and insurers.
Section headings and selected chapters: Section 1: Overview and Background. Presentation of symptons in adults (D. Alexander). Survival, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder and all that (G. Turnbull). Acute stress disorder following motor vehicle accidents (R.A. Bryant, A.G. Harvey). Medical, social and legal consequences (R. Mayou). Brain injury and the mind: the neuropsychology of mild traumatic brain injury (N.H. Walton). Injuries to the brain (D. Silverman, T. Devineni). Road accidents and the mind: the post-concussional syndrome (R. Jacobson). Children and young people: the neglected victims of road traffic accidents (P. Stallard). The hidden victims of disasters and vehicular accidents: the problem and recommended solutions (J.T. Mitchell et al.). Section 2: Understanding of PTSD. The complex web of causation: motor vehicle accidents, co-morbidity and PTSD (S. Bloom). Psychophysiological dimensions of motor vehicle accident survivors (E.B. Blanchard et al.). Psychosocial effects of road traffic accidents (E.J. Hickling et al.). The bendigo road accident research project: predicting who suffers psychological trauma in the first year after a road accident. (S. Jeavons). Section 3: Legal Issues. Malingering and litigation stress in motor vehicle accident victims (W.J. Koch et al.). The forensic value of psychophysiological measures of post-traumatic stress disorder (L. Neal et al.). Section 4: Psychological Treatment. The psychological treatment of motor vehicle accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder: conceptualization and two pilot studies (E.J. Hickling, E.B. Blanchard). Psychology approaches to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (A. Harvey). Post-traumatic stress disorder due to motor vehicle accidents: patterns and predictors or response to cognitive-behavior therapy (S. Taylor et al.).

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