It is commonly assumed that people respond to disasters and other intense stressors in keeping with their emotional health prior to their exposure. As Gibbs (1989) puts it in her review of factors that mediate between disaster and psychopathology, “One would expect that more disturbed individuals would have poorer coping skills, and thus would be less able to cope with the severe stress involved” (p. 499). In this popular view, psychiatric patients and even people in psychotherapy or counseling would constitute a high-risk population.
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