Psychosocial recovery from disasters: A framework informed by evidence

Maureen Mooney, Douglas Paton, Ian De Terte, Sarb Johal, Ayse Nuray Karanci, Dianne Gardner, Susan Collins, Bruce Glavovic, Thomas Huggins, Lucy Johnston, Ron Chambers, David Johnston

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Following the Canterbury earthquakes, The Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), a Massey University and Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS Science) collaboration, formed a Psychosocial Recovery Advisory Group to help support organisations involved in the recovery process. This advisory group reviews and summarises evidence-based research findings for those who make requests for such information. Extensive experience within the group adds a practitioner perspective to this advice. This article discusses the definition of psychosocial recovery used by the group to date, and the group’s view that psychosocial recovery involves easing psychological difficulties for individuals, families/whānau and communities, as well as building and bolstering social and psychological well-being. The authors draw on a brief discussion of this literature to make practical suggestions for psychosocial recovery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-38
Number of pages13
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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