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ERIC Number: ED499334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
How Schools Responded to Student Mental Health Needs Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Fact Sheet
RAND Corporation
This fact sheet summarizes a study that examined how schools in the U.S. Gulf Coast region perceived the mental health needs of students after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and how schools responded. According to the report, despite strong initial efforts to support the mental health needs of students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many schools have not been able to fulfill students' mental health needs over the long term. Cited barriers include: (1) Problems communicating with parents; (2) Administrative pressure to "get back to normal" and focus on academics; (3) Inadequate resources and insufficient staff training; (4) Burnout among staff in charge of implementing and running the programs; and (5) Difficulties balancing the needs of displaced students with the continuing needs of pre-existing students. [This fact sheet is based on: Jaycox LH, Tanielian TL, Sharma P, Morse L, Clum G, and Stein BD, "Schools' Mental Health Responses After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," Psychiatric Services, Vol. 58, No. 10, October 2007, pp. 1339-1343.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Health, Santa Monica, CA.
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