Article on Children and Disasters: Hurricane Katrina

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) Dept. of Nursing Practice and Policy provides the following information:

ANA serves on the Associate Board for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP). The article below was reported on in 8/24/10 USA Today.

"The September Special issue of DMPHP is devoted to the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and today (8/24/10) the Journal published online “Children as Bellwethers of Recovery: Dysfunctional Systems and the Effects of Parents, Households, and Neighborhoods on Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children After Hurricane Katrina” by David M. Abramson, PhD, MPH; Yoon Soo Park, MS; Tasha Stehling-Ariza, MPH; Irwin Redlener, MD. The findings demonstrated that children exposed to Hurricane Katrina were nearly 5 times as likely as a pre-Katrina cohort to exhibit serious emotional disturbances. Their research concluded that disasters affect children in different and important ways which can negatively affect a child’s physical, mental, and social development."