Volume 19 Issue 4, 2004

Psychosocial aspects of recovery: practical implications for disaster managers

Anne Eyre

Peer-reviewed Article

Archived Article


This paper discusses the psychosocial dimensions of disaster and the importance of considering the findings of behavioural research in planning recovery strategies and programmes. Disaster experience highlights the importance of acknowledging the capacities and resilience of people in disasters, as well as planning for and providing appropriate mental health interventions after traumatic events. The recent development of a rights-based approach in the United Kingdom (UK) is referred to as part of a political approach to recovery. An holistic approach requires planning for recovery in all phases and includes acknowledging the role that processes such as investigations and inquiries play in aiding or inhibiting recovery.