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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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STRATTA, Paolo et al. Mental health issues after the L' Aquila (Italy) earthquake. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.1, pp.20-30. ISSN 0718-7475.

The authors describe the psychological consequences of the April 2009 earthquake on L'Aquila populat ion through a revision of the published literature. This population suffered from important psychological distress but capacity of resilience has been relevant. Resilient mechanisms intervened in aftermath of the earthquake but the long -lasting alterations of the social networks need to be monitored. After the first physical, medical and emergency response, identification of psychological distress symptoms is useful in guiding public health efforts in the aftermath of disasters.

Keywords : Earthquake; natural disaster; mental health; resilience.

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