Journal article

Anger Dimensions and Mental Health Following a Disaster: Distribution and Implications After a Major Bushfire

Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Tracey Varker, Caleb Stone, Robyn Molyneaux, Lisa Gibbs, Karen Block, Louise Harms, Colin MacDougall, Colin H Gallagher, Richard Bryant, Ellie Lawrence-Wood, Connie Kellett, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes

JOURNAL OF TRAUMATIC STRESS | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Anger is an important dimension of affect and a prominent feature of posttraumatic mental health, but it is commonly overlooked in postdisaster settings. We aimed to examine the distribution and implications of significant anger problems in the aftermath of a natural disaster, via analyses of Beyond Bushfires survey data from 736 residents of rural communities 5 years after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia. Assessments included the five-item Dimensions of Anger Reaction (DAR-5) scale along with measures of PTSD, depression, and significant mental illness, and indicators of life satisfaction, suicidality, hostile aggressive behavior, and violence exposure. The results ..

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