Behavioral Health Response to Disasters by Julie Framingham, Martell L. Teasley

By Julie Framingham, Martell L. Teasley

''Foreword Behavioral wellbeing and fitness reaction to mess ups catastrophe behavioral health and wellbeing has come some distance in a quick period of time. The publication you carry on your palms (or possibly view in your Kindle e-reader) encompasses an array of subject matters nearly incredible even 25 years in the past. It covers the jobs and tasks of presidency and nongovernmental organisations and the combination of behavioral future health into public health Read more...

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The past can serve as a prologue to the future with respect to behavioral health outcomes after disasters. The letters of Pliny the Younger and the findings of the excavation of Pompeii reveal a story of emotional comfort, community support, and government intervention, albeit selective, to assist in postdisaster recovery. The following analysis of historical events provides additional insight into the perceptions and behaviors of individual actors, the role of government and community support, and the necessity for cultural competence in disaster response and recovery.

The use of temporal context serves an integral role in disaster research as it provides a perspective to frame and substantiate the more recent analyses of behavioral health outcomes after disasters. This study attempts to clarify the similarities and differences in our perceptions of disaster scenarios over varied periods of time and, in so doing, provides us with an opportunity to reassess our progress regarding the response to and recovery from disastrous events. 1 Background: The Eruption of Mt.

Pliny the Elder died in a heroic attempt to provide aid to the people of Pompeii. Pliny the Younger maintained an extensive set of letters that provided details of Roman life during the first century CE, and he had sufficiently recovered from the mental duress associated with his exposure to the devastation of Mt. Vesuvius to pursue a career as an attorney in 80 CE, the year after the Pompeii disaster. The citizens who had lost family, friends, and neighbors exhibited an array of stress-related responses, and the role of emotional comfort and community support after the disaster Past Disaster Experiences and Behavioral Health Outcomes 5 inevitably played a substantial role in the recovery process.

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