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Crisis Intervention

  1. Donald E. Wiger

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0240

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Wiger, D. E. 2010. Crisis Intervention. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Lake Elmo, MN

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


A crisis is a collapse in one's ability to solve problems or cope with a situation in which the person's existing strategies for coping do not work. Whether a crisis is situational or developmental, the person in crisis is not able to regain homeostasis or balance by the usual means of coping typically employed. The term crisis is easily misunderstood if one views it in terms of an event or situation. In mental health terms, a crisis is not the traumatic event, but rather a person's reaction to it. The same event could be devastating for one individual and not affect another.