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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2000 Jan-Mar;13(1):7-16.

A cognitive developmental approach to understanding how children cope with disasters.

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Clayton College and State University, Morrow, GA, USA. catherinedeering@mail.clayton.edu

Abstract

TOPIC:

This paper applies cognitive developmental theory to explain how preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents process and respond to disasters.

PURPOSE:

To help clinicians understand the disaster experience from a child's point of view, recognize age-specific reactions, identify symptoms that may signal coping difficulties, and plan effective interventions.

SOURCES:

Case examples from the author's work with flood victims illustrate typical reactions for children (preschool to adolescents) within a family context, along with developmentally appropriate interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Children affected by disasters need nursing interventions geared toward their particular developmental level and sensitive to their perception of the disaster.

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