Chapter 1. What is a Disaster?

  1. Juan José López-Ibor1,
  2. George Christodoulou2,
  3. Mario Maj3,
  4. Norman Sartorius4 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha5
  1. Juan José López-ibor

Published Online: 29 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047002125X.ch1

Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters and Mental Health

How to Cite

López-ibor, J. J. (2004) What is a Disaster?, in Disasters and Mental Health (eds J. J. López-Ibor, G. Christodoulou, M. Maj, N. Sartorius and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047002125X.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital, 72-74 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece

  3. 3

    University of Naples, Italy

  4. 4

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  5. 5

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470021231

Online ISBN: 9780470021255

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Keywords:

  • disaster and danger;
  • human-made disasters;
  • social mobilisations and solidarity;
  • toxic oil syndrome catastrophe;
  • scapegoating in disasters;
  • compensations in disasters;
  • “second disaster”;
  • disasters and mental health

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Magnitude of the Damage Produced by the Event

  • Exceptional External Agent

  • The Nature of the Agent

  • Threat to the Social System

  • Social Vulnerability

  • Post-Modern Perspective

  • Disasters are Political Events

  • Scapegoating in Disasters

  • A Disaster Unmasks False Myths

  • Victims or Damaged?

  • Compensations in Disasters

  • References