ERIC Number: EJ726564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 47
Lessons from Disasters: Play, Work, and the Creative Arts
Frost, Joe L.
Childhood Education, v82 n1 p2 Fall 2005
Hurricane Katrina devastated the American gulf coast, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and without food, water, shelter, and clothing. Men, women, and children perished, crushed by the effects of violent winds across four states, or drowned in massive ocean waves and in floodwater that swamped New Orleans and made the city uninhabitable. In terms of environmental damage and human suffering, the effects of Hurricane Katrina are, in many respects, similar to those of the massive South Asian tsunami of 2004, which left tens of thousands of children in South Asia struggling to cope with its devastating effects. The intent of this article is to offer a glimpse of the scope and nature of disasters, both man-made and natural, and their profound effects on children's physical and emotional health; to offer a fleeting view of the strength, resiliency, and coping behaviors of children subjected to such events; and to explore how affected children are helped through the intervention of adults and the natural coping mechanisms of play, work, and the creative arts. The personal accounts of overcoming major disasters and lesser misfortunes recounted here serve to reveal the profound therapeutic powers of spontaneous play and meaningful work, and how skilled and charitable adults can sustain and heal children and help bring them joy. (Contains 47 resources.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Medical Services, Mental Health, Coping, Natural Disasters, Weather, Adults, Young Children, Child Labor, War, Death, Horticulture, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Asia