Death of a leader: The social construction of bereavement

Eliezer Witztum, Ruth Malkinson

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The concept of trauma has been widely studied, both in the short-and long-term effects of adversities on individuals, families, and communities (Figley, 1988; Kleber and Brom, 1992). Trauma involving an entire nation has been little explored. A national trauma is defined as a singular catastrophic event that has a pervasive effect on the whole nation. Compared to adversities that befall individuals or families, national catastrophes have been less examined because: 1 Individual and family traumatic events by and large outnumber national traumatic events.xs

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhen a Community Weeps
Subtitle of host publicationCase Studies in Group Survivorship
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781134872343
ISBN (Print)0876309538, 9781138005129
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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