Ervin Staub. PhD. is the American Orthopsychiatric Association's 2006 Hayman Award Recipient honored for his prolific scholarship on the causes of genocide that led to action research on forgiveness and reconciliation, most notably among community groups in Rwanda. Professor and founding director of the PhD program in the Psychology of Peace and the Prevention of Violence, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he studied the roots of altruism, the origins of violence, especially genocide and mass killing, as well as torture and terrorism, and prevention, psychological recovery, reconciliation and forgiveness, with many articles, books, and books chapters. Past president of the Society for the Study of Peace. Conflict, and Violence and of the International Society for Political Psychology, he has worked in many applied settings, including New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, and since 1998 to promote psychological recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness through seminars and trainings in Rwanda, and then through educational radio programs in Rwanda as well as Burundi and the Congo (see http:www.ervinstaub.com); Johanna Vollhardt, MA, holds a Master of Psychology from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is currently an advanced doctoral student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence concentration within the social psychology division at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also an academic consultant to the La Benevolencija reconciliation radio programs in the Congo. Her research focuses on prosocial behavior and collective action among victims of ethnopolitical violence; specifically on the role of victim consciousness in constructive versus destructive intergroup relations.
Altruism Born of Suffering: The Roots of Caring and Helping After Victimization and Other Trauma
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
2008 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 78, Issue 3, pages 267–280, July 2008
How to Cite
Staub, E. and Vollhardt, J. (2008), Altruism Born of Suffering: The Roots of Caring and Helping After Victimization and Other Trauma. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78: 267–280. doi: 10.1037/a0014223
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
- Received September 19, 2008 Revision received September 19, 2008 Accepted September 24, 2008
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