Exploring Factors Associated with Psychological Resilience Among Earthquake Survivors from Turkey

Ikizer G., KARANCI A. N., Doğulu C.

JOURNAL OF LOSS & TRAUMA, vol.21, no.5, pp.384-398, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15325024.2015.1108794
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF LOSS & TRAUMA
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.384-398
  • Keywords: Disasters, earthquakes, resilience, trauma, Turkey, COPING SELF-EFFICACY, PERSONALITY, DISASTER, PTSD, VALIDATION, SYMPTOMS, EVENTS, HEALTH
  • TED University Affiliated: No


This study aimed to explore factors associated with psychological resilience in a sample of 360 survivors of the two earthquakes in Van, Turkey in 2011. Using a survey with measures on various pre-, within-, and post-disaster variables, it has been shown that psychological resilience was influenced by multiple factors, providing empirical evidence for a multifactorial understanding of resilience. Furthermore, the study extended the traditional ways of resilience assessment by including stress-coping ability and severity of trauma-related symptoms as indicators of psychological resilience simultaneously. Findings were discussed considering the implications for research and interventions in the aftermath of natural disasters.