Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jan;18(1):5. doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0647-0.

Child Disaster Mental Health Services: a Review of the System of Care, Assessment Approaches, and Evidence Base for Intervention.

Author information

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine and Terrorism and Disaster Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 920 Stanton L. Young Boulevard, P.O. Box 26901, WP3217, Oklahoma City, OK, 73126-0901, USA.
The Altshuler Center for Education & Research Metrocare Services, 1380 River Bend Drive, Dallas, TX, 75247-4914, USA.
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 6363 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX, 75390-8828, USA.


Several decades of research have informed our knowledge of children's reactions to disasters and the factors that influence their reactions. This article describes the system of care for child disaster mental health services using population risk to determine needed services and a stepped care approach built on assessment and monitoring to advance children to appropriate services. To assess the evidence base for disaster interventions, recent reviews of numerous child disaster mental health interventions are summarized.


Assessment; Child disaster mental health interventions; Children; Disaster mental health services; Disaster system of care; Disasters; Stepped care

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center