Cyclone Sunday is back in 2018 to help Townsville residents prepare for natural disasters ahead of the wet season
Cyclone Sunday is back in 2018 to help Townsville residents prepare for natural disasters ahead of the wet season. The event will educate the community on how to best keep themselves and their homes safe in the case of a disaster and provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to hear from disaster management experts…
Study: Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disasters
Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence the coping styles young people use when they’re affected by a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover from these traumatic experiences, a new study found.
University of Illinois social work professors Tara M. Powell and Kate M. Wegmann led the study, which utilized a new method of assessing coping among disaster-affected youths to address the limitations of a commonly used survey called Kidcope.
“We know that the way a kid copes after a disaster determines how well they’re going to overcome the experience or whether they develop problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or anxiety,” Powell said. “However, one of the things that we don’t know is the best measure that researchers and clinicians can use to assess young people’s post-disaster coping methods.”
The current study explored the coping strategies used by middle-class teen girls in St. Tammany Parish, an affluent area of New Orleans, after the area was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Of the 650 girls in the study,…