Do Age and Gender Influence Psychological Distress? Evidence from Two Disasters

Suar, Damodar and Das, Namita and Hota, Laxmi Bilash and Shiva Prasad, H C (2008) Do Age and Gender Influence Psychological Distress? Evidence from Two Disasters. Psychological Studies. pp. 226-232.

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The study examines whether disaster survivors’ age and gender influence their anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress. The data were procured through the structured interview schedule three months after the supercyclone in Orissa and 14 months after the tsunami in Tamilnadu. The sample comprised of 130 cyclone-affected and 416 tsunami-affected people. Irrespective of disasters, results reveal that with increasing age, disaster-affected people experience more psychological distress. While female survivors are found to be more anxious only than the male survivors in supercyclone, they are found to be suffering from more anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and depression than the male survivors in tsunami. Barring few inconsistencies in supercyclone, findings across two disasters suggest that old age and female gender are risk factors for postdisaster psychological morbidity

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) India
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age, Anxiety, Depression, Gender, Posttraumatic stress
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Humanities and Management
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 09:11
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 09:37

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