Monday, October 3, 2011

Please join us for our weekly colloquium
Monday, October 3rd from 12-1:30 pm
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Global Disasters and Trauma: Preparation, Coping and Psychosocial Responses

Preparation Type Matters: Implications for Targeting Populations for Personal Preparedness for Natural Disasters
Kristen L. Gamble

Post-disaster Outcomes Associated with the 2010 Chilean Earthquake
Dana R. Garfin

Posttraumatic Stress Among Indonesian Children: Three Years after a Major Earthquake
Edwin T. Tan

Dyadic Distress in the Family: The Inter-Dependence between Parental and Child Responses following a Natural Disaster in Indonesia
Vanessa Juth

Emotional Suppression, Probable Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and the Cortisol Awakening Response Following Exposure to Repeated Natural Disasters
Suman Lam

For the abstract, click read more below:


In the past year alone, the world has witnessed a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, volcanic eruptions in Iceland, and devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. As society experiences this wide range of both technological and natural disasters, empirically rigorous research is essential in order to help design appropriate humanitarian relief efforts, cost- effective post-disaster services, and individual disaster preparedness tools. Past research has documented negative long-term physical and psychological consequences from exposure to man-made and natural disasters (Norris, Friedman, & Watson, 2002). Given the strain that resulting physical and mental health problems place on both individuals and communities more generally (Barsky, Orav, & Bates, 2005), it is imperative to try to alleviate the deleterious effects of disasters and community traumas. However, research indicates that there is marked variability in individual responses to and preparation for community disasters (The Council for Excellence in Government, 2006; Wortman & Silver, 1989). This symposium will present findings using cutting edge research and statistical methods to examine predictors of personal preparedness for natural disasters and explore individual variability in responses to traumatic events. Our panel implements a global perspective, and will present results of studies conducted in the United States, Chile, and Indonesia. Special attention will be paid to potential applications of these findings and successful translation of empirical results into public policy.