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Trauma, post-trauma, and support in the shipping industry: The experience of Filipino seafarers after pirate attacks

Abila, Sanley S. and Tang, Lijun 2014. Trauma, post-trauma, and support in the shipping industry: The experience of Filipino seafarers after pirate attacks. Marine Policy 46 , pp. 132-136. 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.01.012

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Abstract

This paper focuses on Filipino seafarers who were taken hostage by Somali pirates and explores their experiences and sufferings both during the captivity and after release. It shows that during captivity the victims suffered from various forms of traumatic abuse which scarred them both physically and psychologically. After release, the data suggests that seafarers suffered from symptoms associated with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. However, seafarers reported that they received no systematic attention or treatment for psychological problems. The issue reveals a deficiency in the regulatory framework governing seafarers׳ occupational health and safety in the Philippines.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Duty of care; Mental health; Piracy; PTSD; Seafarers; Trauma
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0308-597X
Date of Acceptance: 24 January 2014
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:19
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/58002

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