The article describes how psychosocial support in the immediate and mid-term disaster response for Haitian earthquake survivors in hospitals in the Dominican Republic could ameliorate some of the suffering and prevent the crisis from becoming crystallized into symptoms and complex grief. The support was centered on (1) providing information; (2) facilitating social regulation of emotions; (3) supporting a social support network for the patient; (4) focusing coping efforts; and (5) normalization of reactions. Finally it is described how the crisis made values of caring, compassion and responsibility expressed and shown in the survivors.
Psyke Og Logos, 2011, Vol 32, Issue 2, p. 458-479
Disasters; psychosocial support; crisis intervention; Haiti earthquake