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Document ID (ISN)56753
CIS number 91-1749
ISSN - Serial title 0304-3894 - Journal of Hazardous Materials
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gill D.A., Picou J.S.
Title The social psychological impacts of a technological accident - Collective stress and perceived health risks
Bibliographic information May 1991, Vol.27, No.1, p.77-89. 23 ref.
Abstract An evaluation of the impact of a major train derailment and toxic spill in a rural community in the USA. In order to assess the nature, direction and magnitude of this impact, a disaster impact assessment design was developed and data were collected 20 months after the accident. Victims closer to the impact site, members of families separated during evacuation experienced the most collective stress and manifested strongest concerns about risks to their health. The data confirm that technological accidents have identifiable long-term negative psychological impacts on communities.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; USA; psychological effects; rail transport; major hazards; transport of materials
Descriptors (secondary) mass psychogenic illness; neighbourhood populations; neuropsychic stress; subjective assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Transport of materials
Major hazards
Mental health
Rail transportation