Psicologia em Estudo
Print version ISSN 1413-7372
ALVES, Roberta Borghetti; LACERDA, Márcia Alves de Camargo and LEGAL, Eduardo José. The work of psychologist concerning to natural disasters: a review. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 307-315. ISSN 1413-7372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722012000200014.
Natural disasters are increasingly affecting people around the world, causing many times psychological suffering to affected populations. Before this, one wonders how the psychologist may act against the natural disasters? This article aimed to analyze the scientific production in the field of psychology, available in national and international virtual libraries from 2000 to 2010, about the work of psychologist concerning to natural disasters. For both, we conducted a content analysis of bibliographical production available in the following data banks CRID, BIREME and LILACS. From the 72 work accessed, 47.67 % were related to the subject, being 43.33 % in the portuguese language. As to the practices described, there is more focus in the actions that happen post-disaster, specifically in the treatment of mental disorders, in particular in posttraumatic stress disorder. From the data collected, we emphasize the need to produce articles and other scientific work as a way to disseminate guidelines that are able to subsidize the actions of psychologists concerning to natural disasters, not focusing only in post-disaster, but on preventive actions that aim to strengthen and prepare the community to cope with natural disasters.
Keywords : Natural disasters; psychology of natural disasters; psychologists performance.