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Based on a unique research study, this volume examines the later life development of Holocaust survivors from Israel and the U.S. Through systematic interviews, the authors -- noted researchers and clinicians -- collected data about the lives of these survivors and how they compared to peers who did not share this experience. The orientation of the book synthesizes several conceptual approaches â€" gerontological and life span development, stress research, and traumatology, and also reflects the varied disciplines of the authors, spanning psychology, social work, and sociology. The result is a multi-faceted view of their subject with an understanding of the individual, society, and the interaction of the two, tempered by the authors; own Holocaust experiences. Chapters cover a range of areas including stress and coping of these survivors, reviews of their heath and mental health, an examination of their social integration, as well as a review of the multiple predictors of psychological well being and adaptation to aging. This book will be of interest to psychologists, social workers, sociologists, psychiatrists and all those who study both trauma and aging.
Chapter 1: Placing Adaptation among Elderly Holocaust Survivors in a Theoretical Context Chapter 2: The Holocaust Years: Survivors Share Their Wartime Experiences Chapter 3: From Destruction to Search for New Lives Chapter 4: Cumulative Stress Experiences of Holocaust Survivors and the Immigrant Comparison Group Chapter 5: Physical Health of Holocaust Survivors and Immigrants in the U.S. and Israel Chapter 6: Mental Health of Older Holocaust Survivors Chapter 7: Social Resources and the Mental Health Chapter 8: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being: A Multivariate Model Chapter 9: Vulnerability, Resilience, Memories, and Meaning