Debriefing with teachers after the Marmara earthquake: an evaluation study

Sahin N. H., DURAK BATIGÜN A., Yilmaz B.

DISASTERS, vol.33, no.4, pp.747-761, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.0361-3666.2009.01107.x
  • Journal Name: DISASTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.747-761
  • Keywords: debriefing, disaster, earthquake, trauma, Turkey
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the debriefing meetings conducted after the 1999 earthquakes in Marmara, Turkey. The sample consisted of 265 teachers, 223 of whom attended the debriefing meetings. The personal satisfaction ratings of the teachers who attended the meetings revealed that they found the sessions satisfactory. The results of the comparison between those who reported that they benefited from the meetings and those who felt they did not indicated that the first group had lower scores on all of the psychopathology measures. A comparison between 42 teachers who did not attend the meetings and a randomly chosen group of 45 teachers who did attend revealed that the two groups differed significantly in terms of their post-traumatic stress symptom scores. The findings of the study suggest that, in general, the teachers' debriefing sessions were satisfactory.