The Impact of "Training the Trainers" Course for Helping Tsunami-Survivor Children on Sri Lankan Disaster Volunteer Workers

Marc Gelkopf, Pamela Ryan, Sarah J. Cotton, Rony Berger

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Abstract

The authors evaluated the impact of a "training the trainers" course for helping Sri Lankan tsunami-survivor children on education and mental health disaster volunteers. Sixty-two disaster volunteers were randomly assigned to either a school-based (ERASE Stress) "training the trainers" course or to an alternative "befriending" program that served as a control group. Participants in the ERASE Stress course significantly improved their perception of self-efficacy as tsunami survivors' helpers (Disaster-Helper Self-Efficacy Scale), self-mastery (Mastery scale), and optimism about their personal future (item from the Children's Future Orientation Scale). In addition, the perceived ability to use cognitive coping strategies (Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire) such as refocusing on planning, positive reappraisal, and putting the trauma into perspective was enhanced. The ERASE Stress course may be an effective method for strengthening local community capacity to deal with trauma survivors in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalRevista Espanola de Cirugia Ortopedica y Traumatologia
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • school-based intervention
  • training the trainers
  • trauma
  • tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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