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
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-193

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

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