Lessons Learned About the Impact of Disasters on Children and Families and Post-disaster Recovery

  • Joy D. OsofskyEmail author
  • Howard J. Osofsky
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Disasters affect the lives of millions of children each year causing immense hardship and suffering. Traumatic experiences for children and their families caused by natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, fires) and human made disasters (industrial accidents, nuclear fall-out, armed conflict, terrorism, disease outbreaks) are often cumulative. With disasters, children and families are displaced, lose their homes and property, suffer economic hardship, loss of community and social supports, and, at times, injury and death of loved ones.


Traumatic Experience Disaster Response Federal Emergency Management Agency Child Care Center Compassion Fatigue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and PsychiatryLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA

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