Using ethnographic methods in the selection of post-disaster, mental health interventions

Paul Bolton, Alice M. Tang

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Abstract

This paper describes a short, ethnographic study approach for understanding how people from non-Western cultures think about mental health and mental health problems, and the rationale for using such an approach in designing and implementing mental health interventions during and after disasters. It describes how the resulting data can contribute to interventions that are more acceptable to local people, and therefore, more effective and sustainable through improved community support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessment
  • cross-cultural
  • culture
  • ethnographic
  • interventions
  • mental health
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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