ERIC Number: ED365916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Psychological Aid to the Children Who Suffered from the Chernobyl Catastrophe.
Garnets, O. N.; And Others
This document considers the problems faced by the children and adolescents who were affected by the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. It discusses problems with psycho-physical, social, and spiritual development. It is noted that the Chernobyl children do not form a homogeneous population, but can be divided into at least nine groups: (1) former residents within the 30-kilometer zone who were forced to evacuate their homes because of radiation; (2) residents outside the 30-kilometer zone who were forced to evacuate because of contamination; (3) residents of sites who will be evacuated when suitable locations are available; (4) residents of areas undergoing permanent radiation monitoring; (5) residents in nearby "safe regions"; (6) children born after Chernobyl to parents who participated in clean-up; (7) children born to persons who had been classified in categories one through five; (8) children from other parts of the Ukraine who consumed contaminated food; and (9) children born in 1986, the year of the Chernobyl accident who suffered from radiation. Research needs are considered and a number of obstacles to the healthy development of these children are enumerated. Other aspects of dealing with the social-psychological consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe are considered and the responsibilities of rehabilitation centers that will be established by the Ukraine Psychological Research Institute are outlined. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chernobyl Disaster; USSR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 2-5, 1994).