The psychology approach on the issue of disasters: a challenge for the vocational and cognitive psychology

This article approaches the contributions of Psychology for the constructions of safer communities and it sustains that appropriate psychological interventions in the production of security are the result of the way Psychology represents insecurity and the way communities are structure. The development of this argument is based on two analytical procedures: the first consists on the presentation of the way insecurity is pictured, considering three research traditions: the hazards’ studies, the disasters’ studies and the risks’ studies. The second refers to the presentation of the transformations that mark modern society development in the two last decades, in order to establish a psychology of disasters field of study in Brazil.

Psychology; Communities; Security; Disasters


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