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Formulating Questions about PostDisaster Mental Health

Formulating Questions about PostDisaster Mental Health


Conducting scholarly research within the context of enormous humanitarian suffering is difficult, inspirational, and extremely complex.  Although one should not negate the need to document the history of a disaster and the experiences of the affected community, it is important to look beyond the specific disaster context and consider more general questions about the responses of individuals and organizations that could be investigated.  the responses of individuals and organizations that could.  In this chapter, we focus on theories and models that may guide the formulation of useful and significant mental health problems in the aftermath of disaster.    We do not attempt to enumerate a list of questions that a researcher might ask, but rather point the way to sources that we believe will stimulate the reader to develop his or her own original ideas.  Space prevents us from reviewing how various disaster studies were informed by specific theories, but we occasionally give examples from our own research to illustrate this point.

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Norris, Fran, and Charles Benight, Alexander McFarlane. 2006. "Formulating Questions about PostDisaster Mental Health." In Methods for disaster mental health research, eds. Fran Norris, Sandro Galea, Matthew J. Friedman, and Patricia J, Watson. New York, NY:Guilford Press, 62-77.

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