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Effect of Disasters on Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

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Date Developed: Unknown. Source: Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.


In addition to providing general knowledge of how disaster trauma effects this particular population, this course emphasizes practical skills: administering psychological first aid to children and adolescents in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, screening them for mental health disorders in the months that follow, and involving parents and other caregivers throughout the process.

This course covers the following topics:

1. Risk Factors

2. Psychological First Aid for Children and Adolescents

3. What Parents Can Do to Help

4. Common Reactions of Children and Adolescents to Traumatic Stress

5. Pathological Reactions of Children and Adolescents to Traumatic Stress

6. Treatment Options

Learning Objectives

• Recognize the risk factors involved for a child or adolescent developing mental health problems as a result of exposure to disaster.

• Recognize symptoms of acute psychological distress in children or adolescents.

• Administer “psychological first aid” to children and adolescents to provide them with stabilization during and in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event.

• Describe how 4 major components in the psycho-physiological response to trauma (somatic, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive) manifest themselves in pre-school children, older children, and adolescents.

• Advise parents/caregivers what they do to help prevent their child or adolescent from developing mental health problems after a traumatic event.

• Distinguish between a normal and pathological reaction to disaster trauma in children and adolescents.

• Discuss treatment options for children and adolescents who develop mental health disorders.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.