Salem Health: Community & Family Health Issues
Editors: Amber Bruggman, LCSW and Kimberly Ortiz-Hartman, PsyD, LMFT
Salem Health’s newest set, Community & Family Health Issues, is a three-volume set with nearly 500 articles that cover a variety of social, mental health, and physical conditions, all of which can have a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Topics include Abandoned Children, Autism, Custody of Children, Date Rape, Maltreatment of Older Adults, Parental Grief, Prostitution, Veterans and Substance Abuse, Video Game Addiction War: Affects on Children, and Workplace Violence.
The articles are arranged alphabetically, and include 24 Overviews that generally offer longer, more detailed content than the rest of the articles. Listed below, these articles are in bold in the Table of Contents for easy identification:
- Adult Day Care Services
- Anxiety Disorders
- Biological Father-Child Relations
- Child Maltreatment
- Children of Incarcerated Parents
- Children with Developmental Disabilities
- Depression in Adolescence
- Foster Care
- Juvenile Delinquency in the U.S.
- Legal Issues…Maintaining Confidentiality
- Military Sexual Trauma and Female Veterans
- Military Sexual Trauma and Male Veterans
- Military Sexual Trauma in the U.S.
- Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Perinatal Death: Risk Factors
- Postpartum Depression
- Therapeutic Foster Care
- Violence in Schools
- Visual Impairments in Children
- Workplace Violence
- Military Personnel/Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injury
All articles, including the Overviews, provide the following sections:
- Definitions and Descriptions of conditions,
syndromes, diseases; this might also be labeled “What We Know”;
- Facts and Figures that include national and global data, from numbers of persons affected to healthcare costs, treatment options, and outcomes;
- Risk Factors regarding circumstances or pre-dispositions to be alert to;
- Signs and Symptoms of the condition or ongoing situation, including ways it can manifest itself;
- Assessments and Assessment Tools that a professional might use, including medical tests that are appropriate for some conditions;
- Treatments and Interventions that can help the individual and/or his or her social network of family and friends; this might also be labeled “What Can Be Done”;
- Laws and Regulations that help patients and their families know what is legal and available for those who need assistance or care;
- Services and Resources including the names of programs, groups, and organizations and their websites;
- Red Flags that can act as a warning that a condition is about to develop or evolve;
- Food for Thought offers various options to deal with specific conditions and situations as a patient, caregiver, family member, friend, or professional;
- Next Steps define what the next phase of treatment might be for the patient and/or social worker, physician, or therapist.
Additionally, each article includes an extensive annotated listing of references of studies, articles and books that support the information in each essay.
The back matter of Salem Health: Community & Family Health Issues includes several helpful sections:
- Glossary of 175 terms
- Detailed Subject Index
- Categorized List of Contents that includes 23 major categories:
• Behaviorial & Mental Health
• Palliative & Hospice Care
• Parent/Child Relationships
The content in this work has been developed with the advice of experts in a number of fields, including nurses, therapists, social workers, lawyers, and researchers. Without the expertise of these individuals, this publication would not have been possible. A list of contributors follows the Editor’s Introduction. Salem Press thanks everyone involved with this work for their hard work and dedication.