The Community as Family: Resilience in Older Women Religious Sexually Abused in Early Life

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Handbook of Family Resilience


The horrific events of September 11, 2001, traumatized all of our communities to various degrees. The enormous ramifications and pervasive consequences that these traumatic events are having on our way of life are evidenced in our airports, postal services, workplaces, schools, and homes. Our sense of safety from terrorist attacks and our previously unshakable belief that such devastation could not happen here have been severely eroded. The resulting anxieties, fears, and apprehensions about the future have permeated our daily lives and are potent ingredients for discord, disconnection, and disharmony among communities, families, and individuals. Much is at stake when individuals and communities are traumatized, and a “community as family” approach is offered here as one way to enhance resilience relative to the chronic conditions that trauma often entails.


DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-3917-2_30

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