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Managing secondary PTSD among personnel deployed in post‐conflict countries

John P. Wilson (CPD Manager in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
Hub Gielissen (Project Manager at The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), The Hague, The Netherlands)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 July 2004



This paper investigates the nature of vicarious or secondary post‐traumatic stress disorder in relation to six Dutch organisations and their personnel working in Rwanda, a country heavily affected by genocide and war. Drawing from the literature and empirical research it is argued that a systematic approach can strongly contribute to a more coherent human resource management/human resource development cycle of environmental analysis; identification of job descriptions and person specifications; relationship of jobs, persons and teams; recruitment, selection and contracting; induction and training; deployment and management of individuals and teams; and finally, debriefing and counselling. In this way, there is greater potential for the organisation to achieve objectives and enable its expatriate workforce to handle the stressful conditions in which they may find themselves.



Wilson, J.P. and Gielissen, H. (2004), "Managing secondary PTSD among personnel deployed in post‐conflict countries", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 199-207.



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