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Disaster response: risk, vulnerability and resilience

Douglas Paton (Douglas Paton ( is at the School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.)
Leigh Smith (Leigh Smith is at the School of Psychology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.)
John Violanti (John Violanti is at the Department of Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, NY, USA.)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 August 2000



The assumption of an automatic link between disaster exposure and pathological outcomes is increasingly being questioned. Recognition of the possibility of positive reactions and growth outcomes in this context necessitates the development of alternative models and, in particular, the accommodation of the resilience construct in research and intervention agenda. Reviews possible vulnerability and resilience factors and adopts a risk management framework to outline its potential for modelling the complex relationships between these variables and both growth and distress outcomes. Resilience and vulnerability is discussed at dispositional, cognitive and organisational levels. The paradigm developed here focuses attention on facilitating recovery and growth in professionals for whom disaster work and its consequences is an occupational reality.



Paton, D., Smith, L. and Violanti, J. (2000), "Disaster response: risk, vulnerability and resilience", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 173-180.




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