Chapter 2. Psychological and Psychopathological Consequences of Disasters

  1. Juan José López-Ibor2,
  2. George Christodoulou3,
  3. Mario Maj4,
  4. Norman Sartorius5 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha6
  1. Carol S. Fullerton and
  2. Robert J. Ursano

Published Online: 29 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047002125X.ch2

Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters and Mental Health

How to Cite

Fullerton, C. S. and Ursano, R. J. (2004) Psychological and Psychopathological Consequences of Disasters, 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.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

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

  2. 3

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

  3. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  5. 6

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470021231

Online ISBN: 9780470021255



  • psychiatric morbidity;
  • trauma and disaster effects;
  • psychiatric responses to trauma;
  • emotional reactions to disasters;
  • Post-traumatic psychiatric disorders (PTSD);
  • media exposure;
  • psychotic illness;
  • acute stress disorder (ASD);
  • human-made traumatic events


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History

  • Psychiatric Disorders Related to Trauma and Disaster

  • Community/Workplace Responses to Disaster

  • General Features of Pathological and Normal Responses to Disaster

  • Conclusions

  • References