The association between natural disasters and violence:A systematic review of the literature and a call for more epidemiological studies

Mohsen Rezaeian


The links between disasters and violence either self-directed or interpersonal are now more recognized. Nevertheless, the amount of research is limited. This article discusses the underlying association of disasters and violence and it also outlines a systematic review
of the literature from 1976 to 2011. Finally, it concludes and recommends particular approaches for further epidemiological research.

Key words: Epidemiological studies, natural disasters, interpersonal violence, self-directed violence

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