Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


sudden man-made disaster; psychological crisis; post-trauma stress disorder; psychological assistance

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Sudden man-made disasters are unpredicatable and unresistable, and may cause catastrophic distruption and loss for the community and individuals. The individual response and collective reaction to man-made disasters are distinguished from natural disasters in its severity, trajectories, and underneath functions. This paper reviews the psychological and behavioral reactions to sudden man-made disasters at both individual and group levels, specifically focuses theories and practice of crisis intervention and post-disaster psychological assistance. Working models of disaster management and post-disaster psychological intervention are discussed. Understanding psychological aspects of man-made disasters has significant implication in promoting the capability of preparation, prevention, and effective response to such disasters.

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