Coping with vicarious trauma in the aftermath of a natural disaster

Lauren E. Smith, Darren R. Bernal, Billie S. Schwartz, Courtney L. Whitt, Seth T. Christman, Stephanie Donnelly, Anna Wheatley, Casta Guillaume, Guerda Nicolas, Jonathan Kish, Erin Kobetz

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This study documents the vicarious psychological impact of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti on Haitians living in the United States. The role of coping resources - family, religious, and community support - was explored. The results highlight the importance of family and community as coping strategies to manage such trauma. Este estudio documenta el impacto psicolõgico vicario que tuvo el terremoto de 2010 en Haití sobre los residentes haitianos que viven en Estados Unidos. Se explora el papel de los recursos de afrontamiento - apoyo familiar, religioso y comunitario. Lo resultados destacan la importancia de la familia y la comunidad como estrategias de afrontamiento para superar un trauma de esas características.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-12
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • afrontamiento
  • desastre natural
  • trauma vicario

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Cultural Studies


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