Positive Adjustment in Youth Post-Katrina: The Impact of Child and Maternal Social Support and Coping

  • Julia F. Vigna
  • Brittany C. Hernandez
  • Valerie Paasch
  • Arlene T. Gordon
  • Mary L. Kelley


This chapter presents results of a longitudinal study conducted with youth and their parents post-Katrina. The study sought to identify both individual and family factors predictive of long-term positive adjustment in youth. Results indicated that family factors, such as parent-provided social support and coping through family routines and support, were paramount in predicting positive outcomes in youth 25–28 months post-Katrina. Youth with greater parent-provided support and who coped by relying on routines and support displayed greater long-term personal adjustment, as measured by interpersonal relations, self-reliance, and self-esteem.


Social Support Ptsd Symptom Community Violence Violence Exposure Adaptive Skill 
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Completion of this study was supported in part by a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (RMH-078148A).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia F. Vigna
    • 1
  • Brittany C. Hernandez
    • 1
  • Valerie Paasch
    • 1
  • Arlene T. Gordon
    • 1
  • Mary L. Kelley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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