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Child Dev. 2010 Jul-Aug;81(4):1260-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01466.x.

Children with disabilities in the context of disaster: a social vulnerability perspective.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, B-237 Clark Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1784, USA. lori.peek@colostate.edu


An estimated 200 million children worldwide experience various forms of disability. This critical review extrapolates from existing literature in 2 distinct areas of scholarship: one on individuals with disabilities in disaster, and the other on children in disaster. The extant literature suggests that various factors may contribute to the physical, psychological, and educational vulnerability of children with disabilities in disaster, including higher poverty rates, elevated risk exposure, greater vulnerability to traumatic loss or separation from caregivers, more strain on parents, and poor postdisaster outcomes, unless medical, familial, social, and educational protections are in place and vital social networks are quickly reestablished. Future research needs are outlined in the conclusion.

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