Psychological outcomes following the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires
Richard A Bryant, Elizabeth Waters, Lisa Gibbs, H Colin Gallagher, Philippa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Colin MacDougalls, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Snowdon, Vikki Sinnotts, Greg Ireton, John Richardsons, David Forbes
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to map the prevalence and predictors of psychological outcomes in affected communities 3-4 years after the Black Saturday bushfires in the state of Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Baseline assessment of a longitudinal cohort study in high-, medium-, and low-affected communities in Victoria. Participants included 1017 residents of high-, medium-, and low-affected fire communities. Participants were surveyed by means of a telephone and web-based interview between December 2011 and January 2013. The survey included measures of fire-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and general PTSD from other traumatic events, major depressive episode, alcohol use, and general psyc..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP100200164).