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Assisting Young Children Caught in Disasters

Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Interventions

  • Judit Szente

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Human Crises and Their Implications on the Education and the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

  3. Environmental Disasters and Their Implications on the Education and the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181

About this book


This volume discusses 14 different types of disasters and their implications on the social, emotional and academic development of young children, from birth through age eight. It focuses on human-related crises and disasters such as community violence exposure; war and terrorism; life in military families; child trafficking; parent migration; radiation disasters; HIV/AIDS; and poverty. The environment-related disasters addressed in this book include hunger; hurricanes; earthquakes; frostbites; wildfires; and tornadoes. The volume includes suggestions for interventions, such as using picture books with young children in coping with natural disasters and human crises. In addition, each chapter provides research-based strategies for early childhood and related professionals to be used in the classroom.

Many children in our world today experience some type of disasters and/or crises. These crises or disasters can either be human- or environment-related and can interrupt children’s daily lives. They often negatively impact children’s development, education, and safety. Bringing together authors representing a variety of countries including Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Haiti, Hungary, Kenya, USA, and Zimbabwe, this book provides truly global perspectives on the various types of disasters and their implications for our work with young children. 


research-based disaster-specific interventions academic and social-emotional development of children international issues in early childhood impact of community violence on children children in crises left-behind children's stress and adjustment Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder social/emotional strategies for young children educational interventions psychosocial effects of radiation disasters school districts' responses to hurricanes early childhood professionals sustaining telecommunications in difficult environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Judit Szente
    • 1
  1. 1.Early Childhood Development and Education, Department of Child, Family, and Community SciencesUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assisting Young Children Caught in Disasters
  • Book Subtitle Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Interventions
  • Editors Judit Szente
  • Series Title Educating the Young Child
  • Series Abbreviated Title Education Young Child
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62886-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87420-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62887-5
  • Series ISSN 2543-0610
  • Series E-ISSN 2543-0629
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 193
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Schools and Schooling
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Educational Psychology
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“This edited book by Szente really spans on so many important contributions. These contributions are notable in that they encompass many often overlooked arenas that contribute to human crises and disasters, from hunger to hurricanes, to the unique challenges of military families and the overwhelming problems of trafficking of children. They also bring much needed perspectives and possible resolutions. I would imagine that courses across the university, such as social work, early childhood education, sociology, teacher education, peace studies, international studies, and public policy programs could benefit from the information in this book.” (Sherron Killingsworth Roberts, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, University of Central Florida, USA)

“The available written material that is geared for educators is often in an article or pamphlet form and covers only one situation, whereas this book presents a wide array of problems and presents the perspective of the educator.” (Jean P. Kirnan, Psychology Department, The College of New Jersey, USA)

“ … with increasing attention to children in crises, [the book] is certainly something that even mainstream teachers need to be aware of. I am particularly happy to see human crises and environmental crises put together in one resource. Although they are different, the underlying lack of physical and psychological safety—and ongoing post-traumatic stress, results in issues that have a lot in common. Combining them also makes it more likely that this book is more widely appealing ... Although each chapter is well-written, the strongest aspect of the work is seeing them altogether. Helping researchers, practitioners, and policymakers realize that there is a common element across a range of experiences and that lack of sense of safety can lead to the same type of long-term negative outcomes – brings together many disparate circumstances with a unifying voice.” (Shannon B. Wanless, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, USA)