Disaster survivors: a narrative approach towards emotional recovery

Christine Kargillis, Mayumi Kako, David Gillham

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    This paper explores the use of narrative practice in relation to emotional recovery from disaster events. Narrative could provide a useful way to understand, acknowledge and convey the emotional impact on disaster survivors in order to help build resilience for the affected community, and potentially for other communities. Importantly, such an approach may also reveal developments which have assisted in social recovery following the event. The emotional impact of disaster is not well understood and is often discounted in recovery activities in favour of a purely economic approach. Further research is required in order to understand its scope and to better inform future recovery policy. The article firstly discusses the contexts and range of emotional impacts stemming from disaster events before exploring a rationale for the use of narrative in such a setting. This is contextualised within the realm of social capital and disaster resilience and an appropriate form of narrative for inclusion within a recovery strategy is proposed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-30
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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