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Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters

Derrick Silove and Richard Bryant

Screening for PTSD among survivors of disasters in developing countries, especially in acute situations, has faced a number of common criticisms; psychological trauma is a western concept that may be unfamiliar to other cultures. PTSD has limited diagnostic validity because culturally diverse communities do not have equivalent terms for the constellation or for the individual symptom domains of the disorder (4 pages).

Updated September 15, 2009.

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