The role of parents, parenting and the family environment in children's post-disaster mental health

Cobham, Vanessa E., McDermott, Brett, Haslam, Divna, and Sanders, Matthew R. (2016) The role of parents, parenting and the family environment in children's post-disaster mental health. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18 (6). 53.

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There is widespread support for the hypothesis that, post-disaster, children's mental health is impacted—at least in part—via the impact on parents, parenting, parent-child interactions, and the family environment. To some degree, the enthusiasm with which this hypothesis is held outstrips the evidence examining it. The current paper critically evaluates the empirical evidence for this hypothesis and concludes that although limited (both in terms of number of existing studies and methodological flaws), the extant literature indicates some parent-related variables, as well as some aspects of the family environment are likely to constitute risk or protective factors for children. Given that parenting is modifiable, it is proposed that the identified parent- and family-related factors represent important therapeutic targets, and a universal post-disaster parenting intervention (Disaster Recovery Triple P) is described.

Item ID: 44526
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1535-1645
Keywords: disaster, children, parenting, family environment, mental health
Funders: Triple P International
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 02:00
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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