Journal article

Conceptualising Post-Disaster Recovery: Incorporating Grief Experiences

Louise Harms, Karen Block, H Colin Gallagher, Lisa Gibbs, Richard A Bryant, Dean Lusher, John Richardson, Colin MacDougall, Elyse Baker, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, David Forbes, Connie Kellett, Elizabeth Waters

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

In the disaster literature, psycho-social recovery is conceptualised typically as the alleviation of traumatic stress, with the alleviation of disaster-related grief as a less prominent part of this. Yet, incorporating grief understandings into recovery conceptualisations post disaster is important. This paper explores these conceptualisations by analysing participants' bereavement experiences following the Black Saturday bushfires. It draws on data from Beyond Bushfires, a mixed-methods study (n = 1,016) in which survey and interview data relating to individual loss and recovery experiences were examined. The loss through death of friends and community members was found to be predictive of ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding support for this project was received from the Australian Research Council with in-kind and cash support from partner organisations Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, Victorian Department of Health, Federal Department of Human Services (Centrelink), Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Flinders University, University of New South Wales, Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership, Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, North East Primary Care Partnership, Outer East Health and Community Support Alliance, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership and Central Hume Primary Care Partnership.