John Guilaran

School of Psychology
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The effects of received social support on posttraumatic stress symptoms and social adjustment of New Zealand and Philippine emergency responders

Research Description
My study looks into the different types, forms, and sources of social support in New Zealand and Philippine emergency first responders in relation to posttraumatic stress symptoms and social adjustment.

Research Importance
Social support is consistently observed as a key element of psychosocial recovery after emergencies and disasters. My study will look at how the different elements of social support affect the psychosocial consequences of emergency response work in New Zealand and Philippine sociocultural contexts.

Research Benefit
It is hoped that this study will help inform social support-based interventions on the most effective way of helping emergency first responders and related professions.

Personal Description
I chose Massey University for its leadership in Emergency and Disaster research. After completing this degree, I will go back to my faculty post at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Dr Ian De Terte
Professor Krzysztof Kaniasty
Professor Christine Stephens

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