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ERIC Number: EJ939101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Displaced Older Adults' Reactions to and Coping with the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Kamo, Yoshinori; Henderson, Tammy L.; Roberto, Karen A.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n10 p1346-1370 Oct 2011
Guided by an ecological perspective, the authors examined event, individual, structural/cultural, and family/community factors that shaped the psychological well-being of older adults displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. The authors first established the negative effects of displacement on psychological well-being by comparing displaced older adults with permanent Baton Rouge residents. Displaced older persons' psychological well-being was positively related to their age and physical health. Older displaced women coped with displacement better than men. Avoidant coping was negatively related to the older adults' well-being, whereas spiritual coping showed no effect. The functioning of older persons' family was positively related to their psychological well-being, whereas dependence on people outside immediate family showed a negative relationship. Income, education, and race were largely unrelated to psychological well-being. Findings provide implications for future studies regarding the relationship between disaster and psychological well-being and provide practitioners with suggestions for work with older adults displaced by disasters. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana