Gender differences in psychological distress, coping, social support and related variables following the 1995 Dinal (Turkey) earthquake

Author:

Karanci, N.A., Alkan, N., Aksit, B., Sucuoglu, H. and Balta, E.,

Editor:

First

Date:

1999

Region:

Middle East

Theme:

Gender and Earthquakes

Language:

English

Publisher:

North American Journal of Psychology

Full Harvard Reference:

Karanci, N.A., Alkan, N., Aksit, B., Sucuoglu, H. and Balta, E., (1999). Gender differences in psychological distress, coping, social support and related variables following the 1995 Dinal (Turkey) earthquake. North American Journal of Psychology.

This paper examines gender differences in psychological long-term distress, coping strategies and social support after the 1995 Dinar, Turkey earthquake. The analysis relies on a survey conducted among 315 survivors. In comparison to men, women had higher distress levels. A variation of coping strategies occurred between men and women, with men using the problem solving and optimistic strategy whilst women were more likely to express fatalism. No differences among men and women became apparent when assessing social support.