ERIC Number: EJ959167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Parenting after a Natural Disaster: A Qualitative Study of Norwegian Families Surviving the 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia
Hafstad, Gertrud S.; Haavind, Hanne; Jensen, Tine K.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v21 n2 p293-302 Apr 2012
How do parents support their children after a high-impact disaster? To answer this question, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 51 Norwegian parents. These parents and children were all severely exposed to the trauma of the tsunami disaster. The analyses show how parents interpret their children's signs of distress, as well as their own strategies of support in the aftermath. The main strategies described by the parents were watchful waiting, careful monitoring of the children's reactions and a sensitive timing when providing support. Such monitoring, and interpretation of signs of distress, served as an aid for the parents in determining what needs their children had and what support they therefore needed to provide. A range of support strategies were employed, including re-establishing a sense of safety, resuming normal roles and routines, and talking to their children. Parents who were themselves severely impacted by the disaster reported a reduced ability to assess their children's reactions and thereby were unable to provide optimal care in the aftermath. Interestingly, the parents' support strategies mirror the early intervention recommendations put forward in the NICE guidelines and in the Psychological First Aid guidelines which is a well accepted and promising practice for helping children after disasters.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Natural Disasters, Coping, Guidelines, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Trauma, Parent Child Relationship, Safety, Parenting Styles, Children, Qualitative Research, Parent Role, Emotional Disturbances
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Norway