Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Psychosocial Impact

  • Alexandra Martini de OliveiraEmail author
  • Patrícia Cardoso Buchain
  • Adriana Dias Barbosa Vizzotto
  • Helio Elkis
  • Quirino Cordeiro
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_919



Psychosocial impact is defined as the effect caused by environmental and/or biological factors on individual’s social and/or psychological aspects.

Several psychiatric disorders may affect psychological and social aspects of individual’s lives. Examples are (a) obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whereas these patients might present social marital disabilities, problems related to occupations and low income (Vikas, Avasthi, & Sharan, 2011), (b) people with cancer, who experienced negative psychological effect such as bad feelings and fears, as well as moderate to high levels of anxiety and psychological distress (Primo et al., 2000), (c) traumatic events such disasters, urban violence, and expose of terrorism may also impact on present psychosocial status (Eisenman et al., 2009). Natural disasters, like flooding, have been reported to cause a wide range of psychosocial impacts, leading the victims to present psychiatric symptoms...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Martini de Oliveira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrícia Cardoso Buchain
    • 2
  • Adriana Dias Barbosa Vizzotto
    • 2
  • Helio Elkis
    • 3
  • Quirino Cordeiro
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry – Hospital das Clínicas University of São Paulo Medical SchoolSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Occupational Therapist of the Occupational Therapy ServiceInstitute of Psychiatry, Hospital das Clínicas University of São Paulo Medical SchoolSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department and Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of São Paulo Medical SchoolSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Psychological MedicineSanta Casa Medical SchoolSão PauloBrazil