Communication With Children and Families About Disaster: Reviewing Multi-disciplinary Literature 2015–2017

Ben Wisner, Douglas Paton, Eva Alisic, Oliver Eastwood, Cheney Shreve, Maureen Fordham

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    Purpose of Review: To identify strategies for communicating with youth and children pre- and post-disaster in the context of a broader survey of child participation in disaster risk reduction as well as methods for communication with children.

    Recent Findings: Youth and children are capable of peer and community education and activism concerning disaster issues and such participation benefits the young actors. Family and sibling support are important in easing the impact of trauma on children. Contemporary forms of psychological first aid appear to do no harm and in line with current evidence. Generally, more evidence from evaluations is necessary to guide the development of communication strategies.

    Summary: Children are growing up in increasingly urban environments with less contact with nature and greater reliance on techno-social systems. Thus, young people may misunderstand natural hazards. Schools and conscious parenting can play important roles in building understanding and psychological resilience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number73
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


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