The unintended consequences of heroism or acts of bravery on civilians

Voigt, Tomas E., Day, Andrew, and Balandin, Susan (2018) The unintended consequences of heroism or acts of bravery on civilians. In: Efthimiou, Olivia, Allison, Scott T., and Franco, Zeno E., (eds.) Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: applied and emerging perspectives. Researching Social Psychology . Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 180-193.

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Abstract

While we may admire those involved in acts of bravery or heroism, we do not necessarily consider the unintended consequences of these actions. Although the impact of exposure to trauma in the military and emergency services is well researched and documented, there has been little research into the impact of acts of bravery on civilians, who may have been involved in life-threatening incidents. In this chapter, we explore the nature of acts of bravery, responses to trauma, resilience, supports, and assistance, as well as post-traumatic growth. We conclude that heroism can foster positive change, but the unforeseen negative consequences of acts of bravery warrant further research and better understanding.

Item ID: 53118
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-22201-4
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 23:14
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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