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Psychosocial Recovery from Disasters: A Framework Informed by Evidence


Mooney, MF and Paton, D and de Terte, I and Johal, S and Karanci, AN and Gardner, D and Collins, S and Glavovic, B and Huggins, TJ and Johnston, L and Chambers, R and Johnston, D, Psychosocial Recovery from Disasters: A Framework Informed by Evidence, New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40, (4) pp. 26-38. ISSN 0112-109X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Following the Canterbury earthquakes, The Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), a Massey University and Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS Science) collaboration, formed a Psychosocial Recovery Advisory Group to help support organisations involved in the recovery process. This advisory group reviews and summarises evidence-based research findings for those who make requests for such information. Extensive experience within the group adds a practitioner perspective to this advice. This article discusses the definition of psychosocial recovery used by the group to date, and the group’s view that psychosocial recovery involves easing psychological difficulties for individuals, families/whânau and communities, as well as building and bolstering social and psychological well-being. The authors draw on a brief discussion of this literature to make practical suggestions for psychosocial recovery.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:75894
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-02-20
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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