Hurdles in Mental Health Resilience from Natural Catastrophes

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Julianna Harrell, student (Creator)
Kulwinder Kaur-Walker, Professor (Contributor)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: I studied the challenges that individuals face to bring complete resilience from mental health effects following natural catastrophes. Available research indicates that individuals living in natural catastrophe-prone areas are particularly at risk for adverse mental health effects. Suicidal ideation, drug abuse, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are among some of the many issues that can hinder individuals following a natural catastrophe. The literature suggests many factors involved in resilience and the ways communities can build this resilience to buffer the effects of devastating natural catastrophes. In this study, 100 residents of Northeastern North Carolina completed an online questionnaire via an anonymous Qualtrics link and Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (RISC) to assess hurricane-related mental health effects using the Post Hurricane Health Effect Assessment. Correlations between resilience and mental health effects and data were analyzed with SPSS version 27. RISC scores and mental health effects were negatively correlated indicating that individuals experiencing mental health issues tend to have lower levels of resilience.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
natural catastrophes, resilience, Northeastern North Carolina, Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, RISC

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