For the week of 18 December 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Marine Policy has published, The long-term impact of maritime piracy on seafarers’ behavioral health and work decisions. "More than 6000 seafarers have been held hostage by pirates in the last ten years. There is a small but developing body of research showing that these seafarers may face lasting challenges in recovery. However, current studies on this question have been limited by a lack of comparison groups, a lack of statistical power, and other methodological challenges. This study contributes to this body of research through a survey of 101 former hostages and 363 seafarers not known to be exposed to piracy from India, the Philippines, and Ukraine. Using clinically validated scales for tracking lasting impact, this research finds that 25.77% of former hostages show symptoms consistent with PTSD, and that hostage experiences and other maritime traumas can have impacts on seafarer wellbeing and decisions about their career through the impact these traumas have on post-traumatic stress symptoms."
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.
You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-12-20. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.
OCTO has recently launched MarXiv: the free repository for ocean and marine climate research, offering access to scientific preprints and postprints, legally! If you would like to make your research freely-accessible with MarXiv, see https://www.marxivinfo.org/submission for instructions. Questions? Contact Nick Wehner at nick [at] octogroup.org
-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard
P.S. We will be taking the next two weeks off from the Literature Update for the holiday season. You will be seeing us in your inboxes beginning January 10th, 2018! Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!