Children's Psychosocial Needs in Disasters

Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children
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Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children

Author: : David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

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The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's second HTML pediatric learning object "Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters on Children" addresses the unique psychosocial needs of children in disasters. This learning object is geared towards all health professionals.

The lesson includes "In the Field", which provide examples of how healthcare practitioners applied concepts related to the psychosocial welfare of children after an event. Throughout the lesson, the learner will also complete knowledge-check quizzes to reinforce lesson content. After completing the lesson, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe common adjustment reactions in children exposed to disasters, including the unique ways that bereavement and specific risk factors make adjustment more difficult

  • Take steps to create a healthcare delivery environment that anticipates and reduces contributions to child and family distress after a disaster

  • Advise parents and other caregivers about supporting children's recovery after a disaster

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health has developed this activity in cooperation with Professional Education Services Group, an accredited CME company. Professional Education Services Group has accredited this activity for continuing education credit.

To learn how to use this lesson for in-person training, read the Ten Ideas for Face-to-Face Training PDF 

Release date:September 2013