Psychology professor Kris Kaniasty published an article in the journal “Disasters” that summarized research findings on social support dynamics in the wake of disasters that occurred in Australia and Oceania between 1983 and 2013.
The study revealed similar patterns of postdisaster social support dynamics that routinely unfold after disastrous incidents all over the world. Consistent with the disaster mental health literature, the documentation of social support mobilization and social support deterioration processes was common. Salutary direct effects of supportive behaviors on postdisaster psychological distress were also highly evident.
In conclusion, the review offered several recommendations on how to advance research on postdisaster social support. Kaniasty began this collaboration with de Terte, Guilaran and Bennett during his sabbatical leave when he was a visiting research fellow at the School of Psychology at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Department of Psychology