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Psychological Management of Disaster Victims

  • Mark R. Proctor
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)

Abstract

Natural disasters (e.g., floods, earthquakes) as well as disasters attributable to human error (e.g., accidents) or to human design (e.g., war, bombings) are events sufficiently far from ordinary human experience to cause severe psychological stress in the victims. Emergency personnel automatically form part of a disaster rescue team and also see patients in the emergency room presenting with acute or delayed stress symptoms resulting from the disaster. This chapter discusses the specific features of the emergency management of disaster victims.

Keywords

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Death Anxiety Disaster Victim Emergency Worker Disaster Experience 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Proctor
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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