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

Wisner, B; Paton, D; Alisic, E; Eastwood, O; Shreve, C; Fordham, M; (2018) Communication With Children and Families About Disaster: Reviewing Multi-disciplinary Literature 2015-2017. Current Psychiatry Reports , 20 , Article 73. 10.1007/s11920-018-0942-7. Green open access

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Abstract

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. 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.

Type: Article
Title: Communication With Children and Families About Disaster: Reviewing Multi-disciplinary Literature 2015-2017
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11920-018-0942-7
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0942-7
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Child participation, Child-centered disaster risk reduction, Disaster education, Family support, Peer education, Psychological first aid, Child, Communication, Disasters, Family Health, Humans, Parenting, Peer Group, Resilience, Psychological, Schools
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084306
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