Closing the gap between disaster mental health research and practice: evidence for socio-ecological mental health interventions through multilevel research.

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Wind T.R. &, Komproe. I. H.

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2018

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Gender, Health and Wellbeing

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English

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Wind T.R. &, Komproe. I. H. (2018). Closing the gap between disaster mental health research and practice: evidence for socio-ecological mental health interventions through multilevel research. Intervention. Vol 16: pp. 5-13.

This paper focuses on the socio-ecological mental health in humanitarian and disaster settings and draws on two flood case studies: Uttar Pradesh, India 2008 and Morpeth, England, 2008. The results demonstrated great gender differences in social coping mechanisms. In line with the socio-ecological perspective, findings from Morpeth flood survivors showed evidence of interplay between social community constructs and individual psychological variables which determined the individual’s experiences of disaster mental health issues. However, analysis of the Indian dataset identified that single level or community-based research has been associated with severe conceptual problems that have overwhelmed post disaster mental health.