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A case study of children’s lived experience and meaning of a natural disaster

Tami Maes Fragedakis, PhD, Carmen Vincent Russoniello, PhD, Sharon Knight, PhD, Susan McGhee, PhD, Richard Williams, EdD

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to document how children described their experiences of an unanticipated natural disaster in the form of a flood which followed a hurricane, focusing on strategies that helped them cope with the event. Four participants engaged in a qualitative study, which was conducted 6 years after the disaster. A qualitative analysis of the data was conducted. The overarching theme that emerged from the analysis was coping with the experience during the following time frames: (a) during the disaster, (b) immediately after the disaster, and (c) continued long-term effects post-disaster. Findings provide insight into children’s post-disaster experiences and clinical implications for recreational therapy.


Keywords


post-traumatic stress disorder, recreational therapy, natural disaster

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2019.0185

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