Training disaster workers: promoting wellbeing and operational effectiveness

Douglas Paton (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Describes the use of schema theory to conceptualize how disaster experience can undermine well‐being and operational performance and discusses how this approach provides a basis for the development of preparatory strategies for promoting worker wellbeing and response effectiveness. Defines specific characteristics of the disaster experience ‐ disaster stressors. Discusses their role in mediating disaster impact and their potential for facilitating the identification of high risk situations, training needs analysis and disaster simulation design. Also discusses selection, training and operational practices in relation to aspects of the disaster experience that elicit a positive and adaptive response.



Paton, D. (1996), "Training disaster workers: promoting wellbeing and operational effectiveness", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 11-18.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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