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The Costs of Courage

Combat Stress, Warriors, and Family Survival

Josephine G. Pryce, Colonel David H. Pryce, and Kimberly K. Shackelford

Publication Date - October 2011

ISBN: 9780190616083

224 pages
5.9 x 8.9 inches

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The Costs of Courage is one of the very few comprehensive volumes that shed a light on the needs of US military personnel and their families. The authors introduce social workers and other helping professionals to the dynamic warrior culture of the US military and their families and provides practitioners with the cultural competence necessary to successfully interact with members of this culture.

This book includes best practices and eclectic approaches that encourage social workers and other mental health professionals to better consider the needs of our military and their families. The text contains the most up-to-date subject matter on social work with military personnel and their families, including thorough descriptions of major conditions suffered by members of the warrior culture in the past and present. Relevant topics such as suicide, sexual assault, veteran issues, and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, are discussed. The content is accented with a glossary of commonly used military terms and acronyms.


  • Contextualizes hot topics in the field including suicide, sexual assault, and veteran issues
  • Glossary of commonly used military terms and acronyms
  • e-book available for convenience and affordability

About the Author(s)

Josephine G. Pryce (MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University; PhD, University of California Berkley) is associate professor of social work at the University of Alabama teaching a variety of courses in social work practice, research, and traumatic stress. She is the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. The focus of her scholarship and writing is military families, veterans, lesbians, gay men, secondary traumatic stress, and self-care for helping professionals.

Colonel David H. Pryce (MA, University of Nebraska, MSSW, University of Texas, Arlington; d. 2012) was a social worker, author, and colonel in the U.S. Army. He served two tours in Vietnam in attack helicopter and air cavalry units, earning three Silver Star medals for gallantry and two Purple Heart medals for wounds received in combat. He served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy developing and teaching courses in American military history. Since his retirement in 1987, he has published extensively on warriors and their families.

Kimberly K. Shackelford (MSW, University of Southern Mississippi; PhD, University of Mississippi) is deputy director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children's Services. Previously, she was associate professor of social work at the University of Mississippi. She continues her work as a licensed clinical social worker with the Mississippi child welfare agency staff and other community service agencies for the continued improvement of services delivered to the children and families of Mississippi.

Table of Contents

    Part I: The Basics
    Chapter 1. War and Its Byproducts
    Chapter 2. The American Profession of Arms
    Part II: The Problem
    Chapter 3. Combat Stress Injuries
    Chapter 4. Governmental Responses to Combat Stress Injuries
    Chapter 5. Suicide and the Warrior
    Chapter 6. Contemporary Military and Veterans' Issues
    Chapter 7. Warriors and Families Speak Out
    Part III: Social Work Solutions
    Chapter 8. Social Work with Military Families
    Chapter 9. Veterans' Higher Education Challenges and Opportunities

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