Effects of the AVIANCA on Disaster Workers

March 1996 (VOL. 14, NO. 1)

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Seventy-eight emergency workers at the AVIANCA aircrash at Cove Neck, New York, filled out questionnaires dealing with their reactions to the disaster. The number of fatalities witnessed was strongly predictive of number of symptoms, while the proportion of injured dealt with who survived was negatively correlated with number of symptoms. Cognitive variables were related to the distress measures. Contrary to hypothesis, disaster training was unrelated to the distress measures, even when training was rates as effective.