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A Skill Set for Supporting Displaced Children in Psychological Recovery After Disasters


A Skill Set for Supporting Displaced Children in Psychological Recovery After Disasters

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Helping children, adolescents, and families displaced following a natural disaster is a daunting task made more challenging by the relatively small research base to inform services and interventions. This paper describes the current literature pertaining to intervention practices used with displaced youth. Where gaps in the literature exist, we pull from the more general research on relocation and post-disaster intervention to assist practitioners in tailoring their efforts. Specifically discussed are ways to enhance youth resilience, to help youth build new social connections and adjust to change and uncertainty while coping with trauma-related symptoms, and to meet needs through the systems in which children are embedded. The need for focused attention to cultural factors is discussed with an emphasis on collaborating with culture brokers.

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Pfefferbaum, Betty, Anne K. Jacobs, Russell T. Jones, Gilbert Reyes, and Karen F. Wyche. 2017. "A Skill Set for Supporting Displaced Children in Psychological Recovery After Disasters." Current Psychiatry Reports (July). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11920-017-0814-6

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Betty Pfefferbaum
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