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Coping and Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents after an Acute Onset Disaster: A Systematic Review

School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4865; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094865
Received: 28 March 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 25 April 2021 / Published: 3 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trauma, Coping, and Resilience in Adolescents)
Acute onset disasters impact children’s and adolescents’ psychological well-being, often leading to mental health challenges. The way a young person copes with the event plays a significant role in development of post-disaster psychopathology. Coping has been widely studied after acute onset disasters, however, difficulties conducting research in post-disaster contexts and the individualized nature of coping make accurate assessment of coping a significant challenge. A systematic literature search of multiple databases and previous reviews was conducted, exploring scholarly documentation of coping measurement and the relationship between coping and post-traumatic stress (PTSS) symptoms after acute onset disasters. A total of 384 peer-reviewed manuscripts were identified, and 18 articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in the current review. The studies examined coping and post-traumatic stress in the wake of acute onset disasters such as terrorist events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. Greater PTSS symptoms were related to internalizing, externalizing, rumination, and avoidant coping strategies. Coping measurement was constrained due to measurement variance, lack of developmentally and contextually vali-dated instruments, theoretical misalignment, and absence of comprehensive tools to assess coping. Robust and consistent measures of coping should be established to inform research and interventions to reduce the impact of disasters on children’s and adolescents’ well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: coping; post-traumatic stress; adolescents; children; disaster coping; post-traumatic stress; adolescents; children; disaster
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Powell, T.; Wegmann, K.M.; Backode, E. Coping and Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents after an Acute Onset Disaster: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4865. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094865

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Powell T, Wegmann KM, Backode E. Coping and Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents after an Acute Onset Disaster: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4865. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094865

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Powell, Tara, Kate M. Wegmann, and Emily Backode. 2021. "Coping and Post-Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents after an Acute Onset Disaster: A Systematic Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4865. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094865

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