Tag archive for Mental health

In the eye of the storm: Resilience and vulnerability among African American women in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

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There are special challenges that African American women faced following Katrina, which suggests that the effects of a natural disasters can also be socially constructed. Governments and other groups responsible for disaster preparation and …

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Natural disasters and suicidal behaviours

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There is a need for further research with solid designs to elucidate the impact of natural disasters on suicidal behaviors. Mental health and suicidal behaviors should be monitored for several years after a disaster.
This …

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Why current medical management is failing victims of Hurricane Katrina: a review of past successes and failures in postdisaster psychosocial treatment

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Disasters have been shown to adversely affect multiple domains of victims’ health. In relation to the impacts of Hurricane Katrina, more efforts should be put into psychosocial support, particularly considering the current shortage of …

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Disasters and perinatal health

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Severity of exposure is the major predictor of mental health issues among pregnant and postpartum women. The mother’s mental health after a disaster could influence child development more strongly than any direct effect of disaster-related prenatal stress. Relief workers and clinicians …

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Evacuating hospitals in Australia: What lessons can we learn from the world literature

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There is a need for more structured and detailed reporting of hospital responses to disaster. All hospitals must have a practised, detailed hospital evacuation plan existing before an impending threat.
This systematic review aimed …

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Differing community responses to similar public health threats

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There are significant differences in how communities respond to similar public health threats. More work is needed to develop theoretical models that apply to the community level and do not assume that a community’s …

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A meta-review of school-based disaster interventions for child and adolescent survivors

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School-based universal programs that are conducted by teachers and paraprofessionals are effective in reducing PTSD symptoms in children and adolescents. There is a need to expand statistical methods and study design to test for …

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Flooding and mental health

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The level of exposure to floods has been associated with mental health problems. However, there is a scarcity of longitudinal studies and a lack of confounding controls which precludes making strong conclusions.
This research aimed to systematically map and review evidence on …

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Application of behavioral theories to disaster and emergency health preparedness

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Research related to behavioral theories and models addressing preparedness has to focus on developing countries where disaster risk and need for preparedness are higher.
This systematic review assessed 33 articles in orde to investigate the global applications of behavioral theories to …

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Water-related impacts of climate change on agriculture and subsequently on public health: A review for generalists with particular reference to Pakistan

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Climate change is anticipated to have a profound effect on public health, especially regarding water-related issues like water quality, diseases, and changes in rain and drought patterns. There is a need for water conservation, risk management, and development of adaptation and …

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