ERIC Number: ED459384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters. Second Edition.
Speier, Anthony H.
Major natural and human-caused disasters deeply affect children, and they have a special vulnerability to such events. The importance of providing crisis counseling recovery assistance within the context of their special world cannot be over emphasized. The information in this manual provides both theory and guidance to individuals concerned with the mental health needs of children who experience major disasters. It is designed as a supplement to the Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters. At the time of the disaster, children are often left to the care of unfamiliar persons and provided limited explanations about what occurred. Specifics of how the many aspects of a disaster affect children are explained, and particularly how their reactions differ from adults. Chapters include: (1) "The World of Childhood and the Developing Child"; (2) "Reactions of Children to Disasters"; (3) "Helping the Child and Family"; and (4) "Guidelines for Caregivers, Mental Health and Human Service Workers." Appendix A is Agency Assistance in Disasters and Appendix B is Web Sites for additional resources. (Contains 30 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Programs, Human Services, Individual Needs, Mental Health Workers, Models, Natural Disasters, Terrorism
Center for Mental Health Services, National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015. Tel: 800-789-2647 (Toll Free); Tel: 301-443-9006 (TTY); Fax: 301-984-8796; Web site: http://www.mentalhealth.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC.
Note: Edited by Diana Nordboe. Cover page varies.