Unexpected Outcomes from Environmental/Medical Disasters

In environmental disasters, families experience conflict, denial, silence; from Homeland Security Newswire, April 3,  2012. Some excerpts:

Environmental disasters affect individuals and communities; they also affect how family members communicate with each other, sometimes in surprising ways; the researchers say that the findings were, in some ways, counterintuitive

Environmental disasters affect individuals and communities; they also affect how family members communicate with each other, sometimes in surprising ways, according to a paper published by a faculty member at the University at Buffalo in the Journal of Family Issues.

A University of Buffalo release reports that the study is the first systematic analysis of how families communicate when faced with serious health issues brought on by “slow moving technological disasters,” like environmental disasters.

Note the researchers studied environmental and medical disasters, not the usual types of events we term man-made.

Thanks to Wanda Headly, librarian extraordinaire, at the Hazards Center in Boulder, CO for helping me locate the full text of the article.

 

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