Psychological Services



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5. ASSESSMENT

In this section general principles and modes of assessment are provided and are followed by descriptions of specific means of assessment of different social system levels at different disaster phases.
5.1 Definition of Psychological Service Assessment
Psychological service assessment may be defined as evaluation of the impact of a disaster at a particular time on individuals, families and communities, with the purpose of determining needs for psychological service interventions.
Assessment is a continuing process from pre-impact to healing. It is a complex, dynamic multidimensional inquiry which takes into account adaptive and maladaptive biological, psychological and social responses to threats of survival and to what is cherished in life.




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