Emergency Psychology and Crisis Intervention: Psychological Support for Victims

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Assessments".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 126

Special Issue Editors

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: psychological first aid; emergency psychology; victimology
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: emotional state; mental health interventions; well-being; stress; emotion regulation
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Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, referring to emergencies has become a daily matter. The framework that leads to the definition of an “emergency situation” is broad and includes several situations: unexpected weather crises and exploitation, severe social phenomena, wars, and unexpected personal trauma (e.g., road accidents). According to this situation, emergency psychology, psychological first aid, and crisis intervention have also become more established, and recent events have highlighted their boundaries. These events may affect both many (maxi-emergencies) and few people (micro-emergencies), and the areas of research are countless and affect both directly involved people (known as primary or direct victims) as well as their loved ones (known as secondary or indirect victims).

Research questions in this area can be broad: How does it feel to be in danger? Which processes lead to a stay or flee response during a catastrophic event? What are the psychological consequences of potentially traumatic events? When does the experience of loss become “complicated grief”? Which strategies do rescuers use in facing death and suffering? What impact do disasters and accidents have on social practices and community life?

Dr. Jessica Burrai
Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Giannini
Guest Editors

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  • trauma
  • psychological support
  • preventive intervention
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • emergency
  • psychological first aid
  • crisis intervention
  • disaster
  • victims
  • victimization

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