Sunday, April 27, 2008


Ethnographic Methods for Disaster Mental Health in Low Resource Countries

Laura Murray and Paul Bolton have worked together to develop a model for how to conduct high-quality research (including a randomized and controlled trial) and service delivery in culturally appropriate ways in low-resource countries. Their approach begins with a relatively quick (three weeks or less) ethnographic and qualitative study to help identify culturally specific definitions of distress and inform the selection of measures and interventions. This article describes this ethnographic phase in detail, and discusses the utility of using it in interventions designed to reduce the impact of disasters.

Here is their article:
Bolton, P., & Tang, A.M. (2004). Using ethnographic methods in the selection of post-disaster mental health interventions. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 19(1), 97-101.

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