Chapter 12. The Experience of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster

  1. Juan José López-Ibor3,
  2. George Christodoulou4,
  3. Mario Maj5,
  4. Norman Sartorius6 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha7
  1. Johan M. Havenaar1 and
  2. Evelyn J. Bromet2

Published Online: 29 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047002125X.ch12

Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters and Mental Health

How to Cite

Havenaar, J. M. and Bromet, E. J. (2004) The Experience of the Chornobyl Nuclear 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.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

  3. 5

    University of Naples, Italy

  4. 6

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  5. 7

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. 1

    Altrecht Institute for Mental Health Care, Lange Nieuwstraat 119, 3512 PZ Utrecht, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Putnam Hall, South Campus, Stony Brook, NY 11793-8790, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470021231

Online ISBN: 9780470021255



  • Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster;
  • 30-km exclusion zone;
  • radioactive cloud;
  • “Chornobyl”;
  • Chornobyl disaster consequences;
  • “dirty bomb”;
  • radioactive fall-out and physical disease;
  • significant dose–response relationship;
  • service development;
  • phobia or psychosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Social, Cultural and Economic Context of the Disaster

  • Physical Health Effects

  • Mental Health Findings

  • Service Development

  • Discussion

  • References