Women and War: Opening Pandora’s Box – Intimate Relationships in the Shadow of Traumatic Experiences

Marie-Claire Patron (Editor)
Bond University, Robina, Australia

Roni Wildeboer (Editor)
Artists for Orphans, Inc., Australia

Ami Rokach, Ph.D. (Editor)
Department of Psychology, The Center for Academic Studies, Israel and York University, Canada

Series: The World of Psychology: Therapeutic, Relational, Teaching
BISAC: PSY022040



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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder go, unfortunately, hand in hand. And war seems to be raging around us, no matter where we are on the Globe. Commonly, the scientific literature addresses the trauma suffered by those who directly experienced the war, meaning the soldiers. The literature has not, adequately, addressed the effects that war has on those who did not participate in it, but who live with those who did. The family members, mainly the spouses, who welcome the soldiers back to everyday life, and who consequently experience secondary trauma, related to the damaging effects that the war had on those who experienced it firsthand.

The book brings a firsthand account of women [spouses and children] who met their traumatized husband when he returned from the battleground, and attempted to integrate into a society that does not understand what they went through, and thus is not supportive of them. Some chapters describe the experiences of such a woman, and how she either triumphed despite very difficult and unfavorable home conditions or, on the other hand, remained traumatized. Other chapters recount struggles to survive during and post- WWII, offering alternate perspectives whilst the overarching theme of pain and suffering is ubiquitous. Some chapters have an academic focus, examining critical issues pertaining to this book. Finally, chapters end with a commentary, by a clinical psychologist, of the women, their experiences, the effects on their lives, and what helped them triumph, or not. (Imprint: Nova)

Marie-Claire Patron, PhD (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 1. Post-Traumatic Relationship Syndrome: The Unwelcomed Effects of War on Intimate Partners
Ami Rokach, PhD (York University, Canada, The Center for Academic Studies, Israel, and Walden University, USA)

Chapter 2. The Secret Lives of Veterans and their Wives
Roni Wildeboer (Artists for Orphans, Inc., Australia)

Chapter 3. Pandora’s Box: Hope and the Impacts of War
Marie-Claire Patron, PhD (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 4. Dust of Life
Lan (Australia)

Chapter 5. Seeds of War
Kate Mulvany (Australia)

Chapter 6. A Duty of Care: Rationalizing Compassion and Cruelty through Women’s Experiences of War
Michelle McLean, PhD, Anne Spooner, MBBS, and Sally Sargeant, PhD (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 7. The Beautiful Vietnamese Dolls in Ao Dai
Dianne Klimpsch (Australia)

Chapter 8. Against all Odds: A Tale of Stress, Trauma and Support
Arlette Patron (Australia)

Chapter 9. Memories of My Father
Beverly Cooper (Australia)

Chapter 10. A Loving Triumph Over the Ravages of War
Marie-Claire Patron, PhD (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 11. A Faith that Spread like Wildfire
Farnaz Famouri-Springer (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 12. Mothers in War, Daughters in Peace: The Intergenerational Aftermath of War
Tina Swan, Tran (Tuyet-Hoa, Vietnam)

Chapter 13. The Unsung Heroines of the French Résistance
Marie-Claire Patron, PhD (Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 14. Distant Voices
Hope White (Australia)


“This book, Women and War, is a searingly readable collection of narratives, which painstakingly take us through the specific experiences of women in war, or resulting from war, in some cases as the remote victims of war. Running through these accounts are insights drawn from intercultural experience, and the tragedy arising from our human differentiation into races and cultures. An enthusiastic team of Editors, Marie-Claire Patron, the magician storyteller of intercultural tales, Roni Wildeboer, the wife of a Vietnam Veteran, and Ami Rokach with his psychological and editorial expertise, have assembled a work of great importance. No one who reads this book will forget it.” - Raoul Mortley AO FAHA (Officer in the Order of Australia, and Fellow of the Academy of Humanities of Australia); Pro Vice-Chancellor International. Executive Dean, Faculty of Society & Design. Bond University, Australia

“It was a real challenge to read the chapters - I had dealt with Veterans most of my working life (in the Department of Veterans' Affairs) and some of the stories brought back memories of these times. I am very happy to endorse this book. The stories put in real terms, in simple terms, the distress felt by those suffering from PTSD or those so close to those suffering. I wish we had something like this for the people I dealt with. It concerns real people, telling their real stories and I feel it would make much more sense to PTSD sufferers than us as "workers" telling them that it is real - real people so poignantly tell their stories. What I saw as well was some hope for an education resource for the medical and other professionals from these real stories.” - Rob Fitzgerald, (BSc, DipT (sec) and MBA) Australia

“As with all of Marie-Claire Patron’s books ('Diary of a French Girl', 'Victim Victorious', 'The Legacy of the Baby Boomers or the French Social System'), I wish I had read Women and War: Opening Pandora’s Box a decade earlier. Being a polyphony of female voices that brings different countries and tragic events in human history together, Women and War provides an insightful focus into the nature of PTSD and its intergenerational and intercultural legacy. It reveals the interconnectedness of human beings in the cruelties they inflict upon each other and the sufferings they share, regardless of their origin, race, colour, nationality, and the sides they happen to be on in any war conflict. I would recommend this book to young men, to prevent them from entrusting their lives and career choices into the hands of politicians. For it is not only their lives and careers, it is the lives and lifestyles of their future wives, children and grandchildren that are at stake. Women will also benefit enormously from the experiences of the brave authors who have worn their hearts on their sleeve. Marie-Claire Patron and her co-editors, Roni Wildeboer and Ami Rokach have produced a truly unique anthology of narratives and academic chapters told through the prism of multicultural contexts, which makes it obvious that one does not have to be directly involved in a war-torn conflict in order to experience the devastating aftershocks of war. I was born in a country that lost 27 million people to the fight against Nazis in the Second World War. It is only thanks to Women and War that I have fully realized the scale of that war’s horrific intergenerational influence on my grandmother, my mother and me. I probably would never have done it if I had not read Women and War.” - Julia Kraven, PhD, Intercultural Communication, Bond University | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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