Conceptualizing Collective Stress
Disaster Research Center
The following provides a way of conceptualizing outcomes of collective stress situations. While there are many different agents which produce collective stress we use a disaster agent as the stressor in most of the illustrations that follow. This conceptualization, however, is capable of being extended to other types of collective stress induced by different agents. What is advanced here is a particular perspective for looking at certain stress situations which indicated the complexities of the components involved and suggests, in an illustrative way, a few problem areas for research.
collective stress, system, behavior