Psychological intervention for victims and helpers after disasters.

  • D. A. Alexander
  • Published 1990 in The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners


Disasters can have long term and damaging effects on survivors. In addition, those who are involved in disaster work, such as rescue and medical personnel, may become hidden victims. Different kinds of psychological assistance can be provided but this must be systematic and well organized. Professional help should supplement and facilitate community, personal and social resources rather than supplant them. This paper provides guidelines for providing such help.


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