Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 71, Issue 3, pp 207–226

Disaster Psychiatry: Principles and Practice

  • Ann E. Norwood
  • Robert J. Ursano
  • Carol S. Fullerton
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004678010161

Cite this article as:
Norwood, A.E., Ursano, R.J. & Fullerton, C.S. Psychiatr Q (2000) 71: 207. doi:10.1023/A:1004678010161

Abstract

Increasingly, trauma and disasters are part of everyday life. Psychiatrists can play an important role in assisting individuals and communities to recover. They bring a unique set of skills and experiences that can be invaluable in minimizing morbidity and facilitating recovery. This paper discusses psychological, physiological, behavioral, and community responses encountered in the aftermath of a disaster. A preventive medicine model of understanding disaster response is discussed in which the psychiatrist delineates traumatic stressors and high-risk populations. The importance of psychiatric participation in disaster preparedness is emphasized. Psychiatric interventions targeted at the various longitudinal phases of disaster response are reviewed.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann E. Norwood
    • 1
  • Robert J. Ursano
    • 1
  • Carol S. Fullerton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniformed Services University of The Health SciencesBethesda

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