JDR Vol.8 No.3 pp. 508-511
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2013.p0508


Psychological Challenges Among Older Adults Following the Christchurch Earthquakes

Michael Annear, Tim Wilkinson, and Sally Keeling

Department of Medicine, University of Otago, 95 Cashmere Road, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand

December 6, 2012
April 3, 2013
June 1, 2013
earthquakes, psychological problems, older adults, New Zealand
This article highlights immediate psychological challenges faced by older adults in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, following an atypical sequence of earthquakes. Data are derived from a study of active ageing that coincided with the disasters. Participants included 355 community dwelling older adults who completed surveys, and a subgroup of 67 of these individuals who used activity diaries in the weeks following two major earthquakes.
Cite this article as:
M. Annear, T. Wilkinson, and S. Keeling, “Psychological Challenges Among Older Adults Following the Christchurch Earthquakes,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.8 No.3, pp. 508-511, 2013.
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