Disasters, terror and stress management

NKVTS conducts extensive research on how people deal with crises, accidents and disasters. We are interested in common reactions after such events, as well as how different situations and coping strategies affect quality of life and health.

NKVTS has conducted two large research programmes on terror and disaster, investigating the consequences of the 22nd of July 2011 Norwegian terror attacks and the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2004. This research encompasses those affected, their family, workplace, and social network.


We are interested in how the individual’s sense of competence and interactions with their surroundings either reduces or increases their resilience to the potentially traumatising event. Another aspect of research is when and how aid – both government relief and/or medical assistance – should be provided in such a way that it enables an individual to resume and cope with their daily life.

Education and collaboration

We have contributed to the development of the Norwegian Directorate of Health psychosocial guidelines for crises, accidents and disasters. Our researchers have also provided the government advice during crises and disaster situations. We provide educational programs for students, experts and the general public.

Disasters, accidents and terror do not abide by borders. Collaboration is essential to utilise the knowledge and experience of others. Our research team collaborates with other researchers and research groups both at a national and international level. Our work has an interdisciplinary approach and investigates crises, accidents and disasters from the different viewpoints of various academic fields. Cooperating with those affected and their families helps maintain the perspective of those most in need.

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