Approaching disaster mental health research after the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks

Carol S North

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The article describes the author's experiences with disaster research in the post-9/11 period, first in application of prior research findings to the new situation and later in consultation on the design and development of new research specific to 9/11. The article begins by reviewing the important role of the science of disaster mental health, which was reinforced by the many requests for information from prior research for application to the post-9/11 situation. Next, the article summarizes enduring principles of disaster research application that apply across disaster sites, including 9/11. Addressing unique aspects of the post-9/11 setting, novel considerations for the disaster mental health field are introduced with a new model for conceptualization of subpopulations based on exposure level. Experience in developing research in the post-9/11 setting encountered a number of issues, suggesting need for new policy recommendations that may facilitate research in future disaster settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-602
Number of pages14
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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