30/03/2010Most individuals manage to get over the shock of a major event. Others, who are more vulnerable, need help to recover psychologically. Without this help, they suffer and they weigh down their community through various forms of inaptitude or deviancy. Psychosocial programmes, which are adapted to individual cultural contexts, aim to help both individuals and the community. Though the need for programmes of this kind is now generally accepted, more detailed research is required into the methods involved, their specific objectives and how they can be evaluated.