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Psychological and Physiological stress in Children Exposed to Disaster The vulnerability of children in any disaster is established fact. The present article written by Inka Weissbecker, Sandra E. Sephton, Meagan B. Martin, David M. Simpson outlines th

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Original Source / Author: "Children, Youth and Environments 18(1): 30-70. 21 Jun, 2017
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Psychological and Physiological stress in Children Exposed to Disaster

The vulnerability of children in any disaster is established fact. The present article written by Inka Weissbecker, Sandra E. Sephton, Meagan B. Martin, David M. Simpson outlines the psychological and physiological impacts of disaster on children and shed light on possible interventions

This article is based on the reviewed of the empirical literature by authors. Based on search databases such as PsychInfo as well as policy documents and guidelines from major organizations (e.g., the United Nations) it shows potential biological mechanisms between stress, physiological deregulation and subsequent illness in children. It discusses risk and protective factors for protecting children against mental, physiological and health consequences of disasters. 

With the citation of different books and articles this paper shows that Disasters can have profound and long-lasting negative effect for children. This paper also brings up the fact that children in developing countries are more vulnerable.  In a study conducted by Kar and Bastia (2006) in rural India after a tornado, it was discovered that 17.6 percent children met criteria for Major Depressive Disorder. It provides intervention mechanism to protect children from these health problems.
 

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