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Post-Disaster Resilience: Lessions Learned From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

May 24, 2022 by

The psychological and behavioral consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may be among the most widespread, long term and costly of all oil spill-related impacts. However, many people are resilient, and understanding the factors associated with better recovery are needed to guide prevention and early intervention activities. Toward this end, a cohort of NE Gulf Coast residents were studied with standard psychological, psychosocial, and risk perception measures during the oil spill and for one, two, and three years thereafter. Combining the results of several of these studies suggests that: elevated levels of mental health problems were found up to two years post spill; environmental risk perception was actually worse one year post spill than during the oil spill; income sta...

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