Overcoming the effects of disasters: A rationale for the Kuwaiti CISM program

Fahad Al Naser, George S. Everly, Ibrahim M.I. Al-Khulaifi

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Abstract

Data suggest that the people employed in the emergency response professions are under unusually high stress. This factor may adversely affect their social, psychological and emotional well-being. The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program was devised by Drs. Jeffrey T. Mitchell and George Everly, Jr. in order to help emergency workers overcome the obstacles that hinder them from performing positively in their chosen fields. The objectives of this paper are twofold: 1) it will report on the results of a study on 108 Kuwaiti firefighters and the relationship between cognitive interpretations and the manifestation of symptoms of PTSD; and, 2) it will describe the development of a CISM program to assist in the recovery from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-13
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Volume3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

Keywords

  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Kuwait
  • PTSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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