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Citation

Overstreet S, Salloum A, Burch B, West J. J. Child Adolesc. Trauma 2011; 4(1): 52-68.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)

DOI

10.1080/19361521.2011.545103

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Natural disasters cause widespread destruction, economic loss, and death, leaving children to cope with the devastating aftermath. The research literature has demonstrated that children are at risk postdisaster for negative mental health outcomes, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. The purpose of this review is to highlight the challenges associated with childhood exposure to severe natural disasters and to summarize the current research on clinical interventions for children postdisaster. Specific challenges reviewed include disasterrelated deaths, secondary stressors typical in postdisaster environments, disruption in social networks, and the threat of recurrent disasters. A public health framework for schoolbased mental health services is discussed and the need for research on effective intervention models for youth in postdisaster environments is highlighted.


Language: en

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