The continuity principle: A unified approach to disaster and trauma

  title={The continuity principle: A unified approach to disaster and trauma},
  author={Haim Omer and Nahman Alon},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
  • H. Omer, Nahman Alon
  • Published 1 April 1994
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Community Psychology
The continuity principle stipulates that through all stages of disaster, management and treatment should aim at preserving and restoring functional, historical, and interpersonal continuities, at the individual, family, organization, and community levels. Two misconceptions work against this principle and lead to decisional errors: the “abnormalcy bias” which results in underestimating victims' ability to cope with disaster, and the “normalcy bias” which results in underestimating the… 
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