Psychological response to disasters: Focus on adolescents

Patricia A. Crane, Paul T. Clements

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The effects of disasters may predispose many adolescents to psychological stress, which can interfere with their growth and development and disrupt their intrapsychic homeostasis. This may lead to negative long-term health outcomes and hamper normal development. Many nurses view traumatic events involving children, including adolescents, as the most frequent and stressful critical incidents. There is a need to address psychological emergency preparedness for mass disasters with the development of protocols and practice guidelines. Assessing and managing physical injuries may take priority in emergencies, but incorporating rapid, cost-effective mental health assessments for children and adolescents is essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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