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.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Revista Espanola de Cirugia Ortopedica y Traumatologia|
|State||Published - May 2008|
- school-based intervention
- training the trainers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine