Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1987

Volume 12 Issue 3

Personal and Family Responses to Disaster: The Longer Term Perspective

Rob Gordon, Ruth Wraith


1 Department Child and Family Psychiatry, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

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The disruption of disasters and the protracted recovery period following, can cause a variety of problems in the longer term. The authors identify a number of problems from clinical work with bushfire-affected families, including deterioration in the general fabric of family life, disruption of children's developmental pathways, reactivation of past traumatic experiences, and changes in self-concept and identity. The community context of assistance is emphasised.

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