Mental Health Effects of Natural and Human-made Disasters   [open pdf - 215KB]

"All research reviewed in this issue relates to mental health studies of adult and child survivors of natural and human-made disasters. To avoid overlap with previous issues of the PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] Research Quarterly (Weisæth & Eitinger, Volume 2, Numbers 2 & 3) we have restricted our focus to studies conducted in the United States. We also have excluded studies that focus on emergency workers, and on victims of torture, terrorism, and other interpersonal violence, since we regard these as topics worthy of separate attention in the Quarterly. And while our abstracts are limited to studies published since 1978, we have included a few citations of classic early work in the field of disaster research. Mental health studies of disasters typically have been designed to answer three basic questions: What kinds of mental health problems, if any, result from exposure to disaster? Which groups of people are at highest risk for negative effects? And, what factors modify the impact of exposure to disaster (i.e., why are some people at particularly high risk)? In this review we include abstracts and citations of studies that address one or more of these questions."

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PTSD Research Quarterly (Winter 1992), v.3 no.1
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