||Title: Katrina's Children: Social Policy Consideration for Children in Disasters
Author and Contributors: Osofsky, Joy
Publisher: Society for Research in Child Development (2007)
Review Level: Informal review
Primary Content Area: Early Childhood
Content Type: Research
Audience: Professionals, Educators & Program Staff
Resource Type: Not an extension nor a land-grant developed resource
- Early Childhood: Statistics and Public Policy: Public Policy Issues and Education
- Early Childhood: Health and Safety: Emergencies and Disaster
Keywords: disasters, children and trauma, children and disasters, adolescents and disasters, children's public policy
Description: This paper discusses the work of the LSUHSC Trauma Team and provides a snapshot of the current mental health status of several thousand children and adolescents in post-Katrina New Orleans (not including those who were still displaced).
Recommendations for rapid deployment of mental health services to children are provided, based on the Trauma Team’s experiences. Educational efforts, school-based services, after-school care, resilience-enhancing programs, and community-building strategies are also discussed. Most important, a clearly articulated national disaster plan for children and families is urgently needed. This plan should be trauma-focused and based on developmental principles, research, and lessons learned from this and prior disasters. Knowledge gained from this disaster can aid in understanding and meeting the needs of children and families impacted by disasters, promoting resilience and self-ef?cacy, and providing evidence- based therapeutic services.
Media Type: PDF - Portable Document Format
Resource Listed: March 24, 2010
Resource Last Updated: January 4, 2013