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Culture and the psychological impacts of natural disasters : Implications for disaster management and disaster mental health

Jogia, J, Kulatunga, U, Yates, GP and Wedawatta, HG 2014, 'Culture and the psychological impacts of natural disasters : Implications for disaster management and disaster mental health' , Built and Human Environment Review, 7 (1) , pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

In recent decades, natural disasters have caused extensive losses and damages to human psychological wellbeing, economy, and society. It has been argued that cultural factors such as social values, traditions, and attachment to a location influence communities facing and responding to natural disasters. However, the issue of culture in disaster mental health seems to have received limited attention in policy and practice. This review highlights the importance of cultural background in the assessment of vulnerability to the psychological impacts of disasters, disaster preparedness, and provision of disaster mental health services. In particular, this paper suggests the importance of cultural competence in the planning and delivery of effective disaster mental health services. In order to address the varying circumstances of people with different cultural backgrounds, disaster mental health services must be developed in a culturally sensitive manner. Development of culturally competent disaster mental health services requires significant changes in policy making, administration, and direct service provision.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Built and Human Environment Review
Publisher: Built and Human Environment Review
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1759-0574
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Funders: Wellcome Trust, Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research
Depositing User: Dr Udayangani Kulatunga
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 17:53
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:20
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35595

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