Journal article

Social support following a natural disaster: A longitudinal study of survivors of the 2013 Lushan earthquake in China

Fanhong Shang, Krzysztof Kaniasty, Sean Cowlishaw, Darryl Wade, Hong Ma, David Forbes



The idea that social support post-disaster is beneficial to survivors' mental health is widely accepted by both researchers and practitioners. However previous social support studies are mainly focused on perceived social support, and the limited received social support studies have produced mixed results. In this study we modelled the influence of both quantity and quality of received social support on long-term mental health outcomes in a longitudinal study of 2013 Lushan earthquake survivors in China. Survivors were invited to complete a questionnaire interview 7 months after the earthquake and were followed up 31 months later (n = 161). Hierarchical regression analyses that controlled fo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The first author received an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship to support her PhD studies. Data collection for this study was partially funded by Peking University Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. We would like to thank all the participants who took part in this study, and thank staff in Psychiatric hospital of Ya'an City, Sichuan Province in China for their support in participants' recruitment. Thank you also to Nathan Alkemade who helped with data analyses.