“Well, I'm Back”

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 227–228. Reviews the book, Stress Disorders Among Vietnam Veterans: Theory, Research and Treatment by Charles R. Figley (Ed.) (1978). The authors of the present book have banded together to rally a profession, perhaps a people, to pay their debts to those who fought. The theme that binds 15 interesting, often conflicting chapters is that many veterans will experience delayed stress reactions long after traumas of leaving, fighting, and returning Charles Figley and his coauthors (many of whom are Vietnam veterans) are to be commended for examining problems–almost taboo topics–worth noting and deserving action. The book is packed with ideas for research-assuming that researchers, wracked by “paradigm” and identity crises, can be weaned from the security of analogue research and from the ease of studying stress through the eyes of sophomores holding their hands in ice water. As such, it has problems. The book lacks epidemiology. The book is weakest in recounting history. These are minor flaws, however, from a “first” book whose major strengths are its abilities to provoke and to instigate subtleties will emerge with research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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