Children displaced by Hurricane Katrina: A focus group study

Betty Pfefferbaum, J. Brian Houston, Karen Fraser Wyche, Richard L. Van Horn, Gilbert Reyes, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Carol S North

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Focus groups were conducted with 23 children and adolescents, aged 9 to 17 years, who relocated from Louisiana to Texas following Hurricane Katrina to explore their disaster, evacuation, and resettlement experiences. The resilience described by some was remarkable and, despite evidence of cultural disparity and stigma, many identified positive aspects of the new communities in which they resided. Attempts to help displaced children must begin with a full understanding of the individual experiences and reactions of those being served rather than being based on assumptions about what may have occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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