Applicability in highly industrialized, resource rich Communities: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Benedek, D. M., & Ursano, R. J. (2008). Applicability in highly industrialized, resource rich Communities: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Intervention, 6(3), 243-247.

Both natural and human made disasters create distress in large populations. The IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings set forth principles and a system for their employment, aimed at minimizing the psychological consequences of public health emergencies created by disasters. Guidelines cannot dictate which principle, or principles, of mental health and psychosocial support have the most relevance to the needs of a specific culture in a specific disaster. However, recent experience in the United States suggests that the core principles articulated in the guidelines are appropriate for use in industrialized and resource rich nations, and that approaches outlined within the guidelines are of practical use in these populations.

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