Accession Number:

ADA225911

Title:

Trauma, Disasters and Recovery

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF PSYCHIATRY

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

107.0

Abstract:

This volume reviews data collected from three different disasters 1 the Ramstein Air Force Base Flutag Disaster, 2 the crash of a C-141 from Norton Air Force Base, and 3 responses of those who participated in the body identification process of the sailors killed aboard the USS Iowa Naval Disaster. This report presents a description of findings rather than conclusions. From these studies it appears exposure to traumatic events, in particular, death and dismembered bodies, is extremely stressful. Individual and unit recovery can be expected and occurs over a period of months, not hours or days. Supervisors should be alert to over dedication which can be a risk factor for increased difficulties. The expression of feelings at unexpected times and in unexpected places is a natural part of recovery following a disaster. Informing disaster workers about the events of the disaster and involving spousessignificant others in the recovery process increases the strength of recovery environment and is an important aspect of mobilizing the community to support both disaster victims and support givers. Award and recognition for disaster work are very important to the integration of the experience into the normal pattern of life. Sensitive leadership is critical to individual and unit recovery. Keywords Trauma, Disasters, Recovery, Military Psychiatry, Community Responses, Post- Traumatic Stress, Mental Health, Social psychology.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE