Reconceptualising and supporting disaster recovery as growth
Professor Louise Harms
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After the Black Saturday bushfires, psychosocial support was provided to people in geographically-affected communities. Localised services focused on supporting those experiencing posttraumatic stress, and other adjustment difficulties, reflecting current theories of adaptation post-trauma.
This project addresses two major inequities in psychosocial support for disaster-impacted people, arising from this current theorisation. These inequities arise as a result of (1) pathogenic definitions of recovery, which neglect posttraumatic growth experiences; and (2) geographic discrimination, which creates subsequent marginalisation from both services and research.
From interviews, personal and professional experiences of the barriers and enablers of posttraumatic growth will be documented.
- Associate Professor Lou Harms
- Dr David Rose
- Rhonda Abotomey
- Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron
- Dr Jenny Waycott
- Associate Professor Barb Bolt
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Social Equity Institute Seed Funding Grant
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