Psychological effects of disaster on children

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An easy-to-understand overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of children who have experienced a natural or man-made disaster.

Key points

  • When your child lives through a disaster, a child's physical, mental, and emotional health can be disturbed.
  • Medical help may be necessary when certain reactions last longer than normally expected.
  • The goal is to recover and develop well after the disaster.
  • A disaster can be either natural or human-caused.
  • You can help your child by staying healthy, providing support by listening to your child, and resuming routine.
Last updated: May 7th 2010