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Title: Post-disaster Psychosocial Capacity Building for Women in a Chinese Rural Village
Authors: Sim, T 
Lau, J 
Cui, K
Wei, HH 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: International journal of disaster risk science, 2019, v. 10, no. 2, p. 193-203
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.
Keywords: China
Natural hazard-induced disasters
Post-disaster recovery
Psychosocial capacity building
Success case method
Women’ empowerment
Publisher: SpringerOpen
Journal: International journal of disaster risk science 
ISSN: 2095-0055
EISSN: 2192-6395
DOI: 10.1007/s13753-019-0221-1
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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