Introduction: Children and Disasters
It is difficult to conceive of any image as compelling as a child who has become the victim of a manmade or natural disaster. How is a child to make sense of, or ever recover from, an experience so devastating and widespread that even otherwise reliable adults seem overwhelmed and powerless? The horrible aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, as well as the sudden, senseless losses in shootings or plane crashes, grab prominent media coverage with alarming frequency. Adults are profoundly moved by their exposure to such events, even with the knowledge and resources many have for understanding and coping. How much greater, and more complex, are the needs of children challenged to understand and respond to such events? In spite of this great need, the psychological literature on children and disasters has, until recently, been small in volume, diverse in quality, and difficult to access.
KeywordsPosttraumatic Stress Disorder Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Environment Lightning Strike Disaster Victim
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