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J Loss Trauma. 2014 Jan 1;`9(1):78-97.

Children's Coping in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Courtroom Sciences, Inc., Irving, Texas, USA.
School of Social Work, Orange County Academic Center, University of Southern California, Irvine, California, USA.


Disasters and terrorism present significant and often overwhelming challenges for children and families worldwide. Individual, family, and social factors influence disaster reactions and the diverse ways in which children cope. This article links conceptualizations of stress and coping to empirical knowledge of children's disaster reactions, identifies limitations in our current understanding, and suggests areas for future study of disaster coping. Coping strategies, developmental trajectories influencing coping, and the interplay between parent and child coping represent critical areas for advancing the field and for informing programs and services that benefit children's preparedness and foster resilience in the face of mass trauma.


child development; coping; disasters; resilience; stress; terrorism

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