Bereavement, postdisaster trauma, and behavioral changes in tsunami survivors.


This study examined whether the death of family members intensifies the survivors' posttraumatic stress and behavioral changes. Data were collected by interviewing 416 adult survivors from nine habitations of the Nagapattinam district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India 14 months after the 2004 tsunami. Compared to those nonbereaved, bereaved survivors reported more posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, negative affect, deteriorated mental health, adverse physical health symptoms, alcohol consumption, family conflicts, and fear. When a tsunami trauma includes death of a loved one, psychological, physical, and behavioral ramifications are especially severe.

DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2014.979957

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@article{Suar2015BereavementPT, title={Bereavement, postdisaster trauma, and behavioral changes in tsunami survivors.}, author={Damodar Suar and Sitanshu Sekhar Das and Priya Alat}, journal={Death studies}, year={2015}, volume={39 1-5}, pages={226-33} }