Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters

Coping with Katrina, Rita, and Other Storms

  • Katie E. Cherry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Section I: Children and Adolescents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Teresa K. Buchanan, Renée M. Casbergue, Jennifer J. Baumgartner
      Pages 3-26
    3. Julia F. Vigna, Brittany C. Hernandez, Valerie Paasch, Arlene T. Gordon, Mary L. Kelley
      Pages 45-64
    4. Russell T. Jones, Kelly Dugan Burns, Christopher S. Immel, Rachel M. Moore, Kathryn Schwartz-Goel, Bonnie Culpepper
      Pages 65-94
  3. Section II: Young and Middle Age Adults

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Thompson E. Davis III, Erin V. Tarcza, Melissa S. Munson
      Pages 97-112
    3. M.E. Betsy Garrison, Diane D. Sasser
      Pages 113-130
  4. Section III: Older Adults and the Oldest-Old

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Karen A. Roberto, Yoshinori Kamo, Tammy Henderson
      Pages 133-152
    3. Priscilla D. Allen, H. Wayne Nelson
      Pages 153-169
    4. Loren D. Marks, Katie E. Cherry, Jennifer L. Silva
      Pages 195-215
  5. Section IV: Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Jennifer L. Silva, Loren D. Marks, Katie E. Cherry
      Pages 219-240
    3. Anthony H. Speier, Joy D. Osofsky, Howard J. Osofsky
      Pages 241-260
    4. Tracey E. Rizzuto
      Pages 261-280
    5. Jennifer Johnson, Sandro Galea
      Pages 281-326
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-336

About this book


Some of our most disturbing images of Hurricane Katrina involve the very old, trapped in flooded nursing homes, and the very young, sick in toxic trailers. Using the Katrina-Rita nexus as its reference point, Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters takes the developmental long view on human strengths and vulnerabilities during large-scale devastation and crisis. An expert panel of behavioral scientists and first responders analyzes the psychological impact of natural disasters on—and coping faculties associated with—children, adolescents, and young, middle-aged, older, young-old and late-life oldest-old adults. This timely information is invaluable both to mental health service providers and to those tasked with developing age-appropriate disaster preparedness, intervention, and recovery programs. In addition, the book references other deadly storms as well as other major catastrophic events (e.g., the September 11 attacks, the Indian Ocean Tsunami), and includes such topics as:

  • Young children’s understanding of hurricanes.
  • Positive adjustment in youth after Katrina.
  • How families make meaning out of disaster.
  • Disaster recovery in the workplace.
  • Recovery services for the frail elderly.
  • Coping and health in late life.
  • Preparation and training mental health personnel for disasters.

Unique in the disaster literature, Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters serves as a research reference and idea book for professionals and graduate-level students in psychology, social work, and disaster preparedness and services.


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