Psychology’s Kaniasty and Colleagues Published on Gender Differences in Psychological Distress Following a Disaster

Posted on 3/23/2015 2:28:29 PM

Krys Kaniasty was a member of an international group of disaster researchers, led by Professor Yaira Hamama-Raz (Ariel University, Israel), that published a paper titled “Gender Differences in Psychological Reactions to Hurricane Sandy among New York Metropolitan Area Residents” in Psychiatric Quarterly.

A sample of 1,000 people from the New York metropolitan area completed an online battery of self-report questionnaires four weeks after the storm. Results revealed that recollections of past national disasters and fear of future traumatic events significantly differed in predicting post-traumatic stress symptoms among women when compared to men. These findings suggest that disaster mental health practitioners should tailor gender sensitive interventions.

Department of Psychology