Resources Helpful to Psychologists

  • Psychology in Spanish offers links to Spanish-language resources from APA and other organizations, including IASC guidelines for providing psychological services after disasters. 

  • National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder contains helpful disaster response related fact sheets and guides. This website also includes a link to the PILOTS database which is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. This database is available for free to the public and is not limited to information about PTSD among veterans. It contains abstracts to helpful research but does not include the full text of the research articles. (Here are a few articles that were identified using the "Advanced Search" tab and the following terms: "long term", "impact" and "earthquake").

    Long-term psychological outcome of 1999 Taiwan earthquake survivors: a survey of high-risk sample with property damage. Author: Chen, Chin-Hung, et al.  Journal:  Comprehensive Psychiatry, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 269-275, May/June 2007.

    Study of a major disaster in the People's Republic of China: the Yunnan earthquake. McFarlane, Alexander Cowell, Cao, Hua; Wilson, John P; Raphael, Beverley (ed.). International handbook of traumatic stress syndromes, (pp. 493-498) New York: Plenum Press, 1993.

    Psychological consequences of earthquake disaster survivors. Zhang, Hou-Can, Zhang, Yi- Zhong International Journal of Psychology, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 613-621,

  • Research Education in Disaster Mental Health includes under the tab "research summaries" the full text of articles written by Fran Norris ("Psychosocial Consequences of Major Hurricanes and Floods: Range, Duration, and Magnitude of Effects and Risk Factors for Adverse Outcomes", "Psychosocial Consequences of Natural Disasters in Developing Countries: What Does Past Research Tell Us About the Potential Effects of the 2004 Tsunami?")

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources to help families and professionals be ready for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Available on the website a publication in Chinese, "Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide" that has been translated by Sue-Huei Chen and colleagues at the University of Taiwan.

  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings provides information on the guidelines that will be particularly helpful during the response phase. (Action Sheets in Sections 4 and 5 are particularly relevant to disaster mental health assistance).

  • Five Essential Elements of Immediateand Mid–Term Mass Trauma Intervention:

    Empirical Evidence (2007) Stevan E. Hobfoll, Patricia Watson, Carl C. Bell, Richard A. Bryant, Melissa J. Brymer, Matthew J. Friedman, Merle Friedman, Berthold P.R. Gersons, Joop

    T.V.M de Jong, Christopher M. Layne, Shira Maguen, Yuval Neria, Ann E. Norwood, Robert S. Pynoos, Dori Reissman, Josef I. Ruzek, Arieh Y. Shalev, Zahava Solomon, Alan M. Steinberg, and Robert J. Ursano. Psychiatry 70 (4)