Post-disaster Psychosocial Capacity Building for Women in a Chinese Rural Village

Timothy Sim, Jocelyn Lau, Ke Cui, Hsi Hsien Wei

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Abstract

Mental health interventions following disasters have been criticized as individualistic, incomplete, and culturally insensitive. This article showcases the effects of a culturally relevant and sustainable psychosocial capacity-building project at the epicenter of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. Specifically, the project focuses on women, a group that has received limited attention in post-disaster recovery in China. This qualitative research study (N = 14) sheds light on the characteristics and processes of the implementation of a post-disaster psychosocial intervention project in rural China. In addition, by adopting the Success Case Method as an evaluation approach, this study elucidates its effects on the psychological and social changes of the disaster victims. The findings capture five aspects of psychosocial changes: enriched daily life, better mood, enhanced self-confidence, increased willingness to socialize, and the provision of mutual help. This study hopes to encourage more culturally relevant and empowering practices for women in building their psychosocial capacity after disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • China
  • Natural hazard-induced disasters
  • Post-disaster recovery
  • Psychosocial capacity building
  • Success case method
  • Women’ empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Safety Research
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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