Mental Health and Social Networks After Disaster
Richard A Bryant, H Colin Gallagher, Lisa Gibbs, Philippa Pattison, Colin MacDougall, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Baker, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, John Richardson, David Forbes, Dean Lusher
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | AMER PSYCHIATRIC PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVE: Although disasters are a major cause of mental health problems and typically affect large numbers of people and communities, little is known about how social structures affect mental health after a disaster. The authors assessed the extent to which mental health outcomes after disaster are associated with social network structures. METHOD: In a community-based cohort study of survivors of a major bushfire disaster, participants (N=558) were assessed for probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and probable depression. Social networks were assessed by asking participants to nominate people with whom they felt personally close. These nominations were used to construct a social ..View full abstract
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Supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP100200164), with additional support from the Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, the Victorian Department of Health, Centrelink, Phoenix Australia-Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, and these Primary Care Partnerships: Central West Gippsland, Bendigo Loddon, North East, Outer East, Lower Hume, and Central Hume.