Measurement of perceived disruption during rebuilding following Hurricane Andrew

Kent F Burnett, Gail Ironson, Charles Benight, Christina Wynings, Debra Greenwood, Charles S. Carver, Dean Cruess, Andrew Baum, Neil Schneiderman

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a measure of perceived disruption during rebuilding following a disaster. Two eight-item scales, which measured intensity of disruption during the entire repair phase (Intensity-RP) and intensity of disruption during the past month (Intensity- PM) were developed and administered to 135 survivors of Hurricane Andrew. At 9 to 12 months postdisaster, Intensity-RP and Intensity-PM were both significantly associated with scores on the Global Severity Index of the SCL- 90-R, and with scores on the Impact of Event-Intrusion Scale; Intensity-PM alone was significantly associated with PTSD scores. Regression analyses indicated that each scale contributed significant unique variance in predicting mental health symptoms, even after controlling for relevant demographic and initial disaster exposure variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-681
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

Keywords

  • Chronic stress
  • Disaster
  • Disruption
  • Mental health
  • Rebuilding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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