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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Abstract

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: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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