Family and Disaster

March 1983 (VOL. 1, NO. 1)

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"Family and Disaster" is the topic of the present seminar, a challenging topic because the family and the disaster are usually considered as very different social phenomena. Laymen conceive of them as the opposite of each other since disasters interfere with their peaceful family life. Social scientists use different conceptual frameworks to describe the two. Nevertheless, families and disasters have much in common, and they must be studied together if either phenomenon is to be fully understood.