The Psychosocial Impact of Natural Disasters among Adult Survivors: An Integrative Review Academic Article uri icon


  • The aim of this review was to identify the psychosocial impact of natural disasters on adult (over the age of 18 years) survivors. Databases searched included PsycInfo, CINAHL, Proquest, Ovid SP, Scopus, and Science Direct. The search was limited to articles written in English and published between 2002 and 2012. A total of 1,642 abstracts and articles were obtained during the first search; 39 articles were retained. The results indicate that PTSD is the most-studied psychosocial impact after a disaster. Mental health nurses have a significant role to play in supporting survivors and can assist with the development of resilience in community members.


  • Warsini, Sri
  • West, Caryn
  • Ed (TT), Grad Dip
  • Res Meth, Grad Cert
  • Mills, Jane
  • Usher, Kim

publication date

  • June 2014