ERIC Number: EJ1121877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
The Trauma of Hurricane Katrina: Developmental Impact on Young Children
Osofsky, Joy D.; Cross Hansel, Tonya; Moore, Michelle B.; Callahan, Kristin L.; Hughes, Jennifer B.; Dickson, Amy B.
ZERO TO THREE, v36 n5 p30-34 May 2016
When expectant mothers are exposed to traumatic events such as natural disasters, their children are at increased risk for developmental and behavioral problems. Many people believe that young children will not be impacted by the traumatic experiences that occur during and following disasters. Therefore, planning for the youngest children at the time of disasters rarely occurs. In New Orleans area Head Start Centers in 2010-2011, during and following Hurricane Katrina, unexpected findings became apparent in developmental and social-emotional screenings. Assessments revealed that children born closer to Hurricane Katrina showed more developmental concerns than children born more than 2 years post-Katrina. Findings support the need for increased awareness and services for pregnant women and young children following disasters.
Descriptors: Trauma, Natural Disasters, Young Children, Developmental Psychology, Mothers, Prenatal Influences, Stress Variables, Mental Health Programs, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (New Orleans)
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