When disaster strikes: responding to the needs of children.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

When a disaster strikes, parents are quick to seek out the medical advice and reassurance of their primary care physician, pediatrician, or in the case of an emergency, an emergency department physician. As physicians often are the first line of responders following a disaster, it is important that they have a thorough understanding of children's responses to trauma and disaster and of recommended practices for screening and intervention. In collaboration with mental health professionals, the needs of children and families can be addressed. Policy-makers and systems of care hold great responsibility for resource allocation, and also are well-placed to understand the impact of trauma and disaster on children and children's unique needs in such situations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gurwitch, RH; Kees, M; Becker, SM; Schreiber, M; Pfefferbaum, B; Diamond, D

Published Date

  • 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 28

PubMed ID

  • 15453156

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-023X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s1049023x00001448


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States