Psychosocial resilience and its influence on managing mass emergencies and disasters

Williams, Richard and Drury, John (2009) Psychosocial resilience and its influence on managing mass emergencies and disasters. Psychiatry, 8 (8). pp. 293-296. ISSN 1476-1793

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Abstract

This article argues that, while emergencies and disasters are distressing for most people and may result in mental disorders for a substantial minority of affected persons at some time in the following months and years, there are personal and collective sources of psychosocial resilience. The concepts, bases, and practical potential of resilience have been explored for more than 40 years. However, studies of pathology, which emphasizes peoples vulnerability over their adaptive capacities, have predominated. The nature and basis of personal psychosocial resilience are outlined, and a new approach to collective resilience that has been developed through recent research on crowd psychology is described. The article concludes with some implications for managing disasters and practice, including the suggestion that crowds be treated as part of the solution rather than part of the problem in mass emergencies and disasters.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: John Drury
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:49
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 13:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14584
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