An Ecosystems and Vulnerable Populations Perspective on Solastalgia and Psychological Distress After a Wildfire

  title={An Ecosystems and Vulnerable Populations Perspective on Solastalgia and Psychological Distress After a Wildfire},
  author={David P Eisenman and Sarah McCaffrey and Ian Donatello and Grant Marshal},
We studied the relationship between psychological distress and relative resource and risk predictors, including loss of solace from the landscape (solastalgia), one year after the Wallow Fire, in Arizona, United States. Solastalgia refers to the distress caused by damage to the surrounding natural environment and it has not been examined for its relationship to psychological health. Doing so opens avenues of research that inquire into how land management might be able to support improved… Expand
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Solastalgia: The Distress Caused by Environmental Change
  • G. Albrecht, G. Sartore, +6 authors G. Pollard
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • 2007
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