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Researching Disaster Recovery

 According to the Social Work Policy Institute, research on disasters can be problematic. Due to their rare and (usually) unexpected nature, along with the massive efforts that need to be undertaken to recover from them, these situations do not readily lend themselves to be examined by researchers. But the wide ranging consequences of disasters can have an effect on anyone, from any range of socio-economic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, or cultural identities, in any part of the world. This is a topic of active engagement here at the University at Albany. Dr. Loretta Pyles, our very own School of Social Work faculty is deeply invovled with research on disaster recovery efforts. As such, we at the Dewey Library are here to provide you with a list of some of the resources we have available on the topic:


Collective Trauma, Collective Healing : Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster  by Jack Saul. Dewey Library, call number: BF 175.5 P75 S28 2014

Gender, development and disasters by Sarah Bradshaw. Dewey Library, call number: HV 555 D44 B73 2013

Mass trauma and violence : helping families and children cope  edited by Nancy Boyd Webb ; foreword by Victor M. Fornari. Dewey Library, call number:  RC 552 P67 M363 2004

Responses to terrorism : can psychosocial approaches break the cycle of violence? edited by Colin Murray Parkes.                 Dewey Library, call number: HV 6431 R468 2014

When their world falls apart : helping families and children manage the effects of disasters by  Lawrence B. Rosenfeld ... [et al.]. Dewey Library, call number:  HV 553 W48 2010


Breaking news breaking down director, producer, writer, Mike Walter. University Library Media / DVD call number: PN 4797 B74V 2011A

Online Resources:

SOCIAL WORK AND DISASTERS, by Michael J. Zakour, Ph.D.

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