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Effects, Risk Factors, and Psychosocial Resources in Disasters: A Review of the Empirical Literature

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Review of empirical literature regarding natural and human-caused disasters. Part I describes findings on the range, magnitude, and duration of effects. Part II addresses risk factors for serious and lasting effects, diferentiated between pre-disaster, within-disaster, and post-disaster factors. Part III focuses on the protection provided by psychological resources, the potential for resource deterioration, and the evidence for resource mobilization in the aftermath of disasters. Three brief articles published by the National Center for PTSD. 15 pages of text.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Effects, Risk Factors, and Psychosocial Resources in Disasters: A Review of the Empirical Literature created by National Center for PTSD

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Course Material Author

National Center for PTSD

Prepared by: Fran H. Norris, Georgia State University, with the assistance of Christopher M. Byrne and Eolia Diaz, Georgia State University, and Krzysztof Kaniasty, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

National Center for PTSD authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about Effects, Risk Factors, and Psychosocial Resources in Disasters. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic. Note: The exam questions are for this course article, although you are also encouraged to read the 2005 update link located within the article.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify psychological and social resources in the aftermath of a natural or human-caused disaster.

  2. become knowledgeable about pre-disaster, within-disaster, and post-disaster risk factors in natural and human-caused disasters.

  3. become knowledgeable about the magnitude of effects following a natural or human-caused disaster.

Article: Effects, Risk Factors, and Psychosocial Resources in Disasters: A Review of the Empirical Literature

Article: Effects, Risk Factors, and Psychosocial Resources in Disasters: A Review of the Empirical Literature

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Course Number 100596
2 credit hours
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