Survivors of Mass Shooting Incidents: The Response of Mental Health

Osman M Ali, Carol S North

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Public mass shooting incidents have been increasing in frequency yet there are only a few methodologically rigorous studies of the mental health effects on directly exposed survivors. Rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder following mass shooting incidents appear to be similar to rates of these disorders following other disasters. Therefore, until research elucidates differences between mass shooting victims and victims of other disasters, a mental health emergency response similar to that described for other disasters is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Directly exposed survivors
  • Disaster psychiatry
  • Epidemiology
  • Gun violence
  • Mass violence
  • Mental health response
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Public mass shootings
  • Survivors
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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