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Title: On being involved in a major incident abroad : an exploratory study of an international service
Author: Scanlan, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 8615
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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The frequency and severity of major incidents occurring worldwide is increasing. Whilst the psychosocial impacts of being involved in a major incident are well documented, there is insufficient evidence of the effectiveness of immediate and medium-term post-disaster interventions. Psychosocial support programmes are being implemented by humanitarian aid agencies such as the British Red Cross and international guidelines for responding to disasters have been published. However, little research has been conducted looking at people's experiences of the help that they received following being involved in a major incident. Nine British nationals who had been involved in a major incident abroad were interviewed about their experience of the service they received from the British Red Cross' Psychosocial Support Team, who forms part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Rapid Deployment Teams. A grounded theory analysis resulted in the construction of a model which illustrated their experiences. The model consisted of three main categories: 'Experiences Related to the Event', The Response' and 'Consequences', which specify the elements that participants most valued in the service they received, as well as the co-ordination between the needs of the participants, the response and the consequences. Participants reported positive experiences of their involvement with the Psychosocial Support Team. Of particular benefit was having somebody there, the holistic approach that was taken, feeling supported, being followed up and the individualised, needs led approach to the support that was provided. Recommendations for improvements were also suggested and the findings were compared to existing literature, frameworks and guidelines. It is hoped that the study's findings and having insight into people's experiences of the support they received, will inform practice and contribute to the development of the services that are offered to people following being involved in a major incident abroad.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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