A Skill Set for Supporting Displaced Children in Psychological Recovery After Disasters
Helping children, adolescents, and families displaced following a natural disaster is a daunting task made more challenging by the relatively small research base to inform services and interventions. This paper describes the current literature pertaining to intervention practices used with displaced youth. Where gaps in the literature exist, we pull from the more general research on relocation and post-disaster intervention to assist practitioners in tailoring their efforts. Specifically discussed are ways to enhance youth resilience, to help youth build new social connections and adjust to change and uncertainty while coping with trauma-related symptoms, and to meet needs through the systems in which children are embedded. The need for focused attention to cultural factors is discussed with an emphasis on collaborating with culture brokers.
KeywordsChildren Adolescents Disaster Displacement Relocation
This study was conducted by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Terrorism and Disaster Center which was funded in part by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the George Washington University; NCTSN, SAMHSA, or HHS; OUHSC; or Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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