Emotional Effects of Disaster on Children

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Bibliographic information:


Aptekar, Lewis, and Judith A. Boore. 1990. "The Emotional Effects of Disaster on Children: A Review of the Literature." International Journal of Mental Health 19 (2):77-90. 




The aim of this literature review is to investigate how children cope with disasters, and why some are more resilient than others in times of crisis. The authors begin by assessing the methodological approaches utilized in past studies, including how the term "disaster" has been defined.  They continue with a review of studies that focused on 1) specific disasters, 2) the classification of children's symptoms following experiences with disasters, and 3) the role of community.  Ninety-five references are listed. 








Mental health


Resource type:


Journal article




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