J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2020 May;59(2):123-135. 10.4306/jknpa.2020.59.2.123.

Effect of Korean Version of Psychological First Aid Training Program on Training Disaster Mental Health Service Provider

  • 1Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, 8Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Psychology, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea
  • 3Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Psychology, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, The Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 6Department of Social Welfare, Sangji University, Wonju, Korea
  • 7Department of Social Welfare, Daegu University, Gyeongsan, Korea


This study aimed to develop a Korean version of psychological first aid training program (K-PFA) and examine the education effect on trainees.
This study enrolled 485 subjects who completed both K-PFA and study surveys. In addition to mental health professionals, subjects with various ages and educational backgrounds were included to examine the education effects of the capabilities in conducting PFA and understanding acute phase disaster mental health (DMH).
Both mental health professionals and non-professionals improved their understanding of acute-phase DMH intervention and their perceived capabilities in conducting PFA.
The development of a DMH intervention-training program adapted to Korean domestic circumstances and culture represents a significant step towards a comprehensive and individualized intervention for disaster survivors.


Disaster mental health service; Service provider education; Psychological first aid; Training efficacy
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