Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane

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After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane Annette M. La Greca, Scott W. Sevin, and Elaine L Sevin (2005)

After the Storm is a book of application for anyone dealing with children who have been affected by a hurricane. It covers 15 topics related to coping in the aftermath of hurricanes. Three types of activities are presented for each of the topics: Adult Pages include instructions, guidelines, and activities for adults; Child Pages contain corresponding activities for a child to complete; and Joint Activities are for adults and children to work on together.

Joint and child activities include defining weather terms, creating a hurricane timeline and scrapbook, and a "Hurricane Detective" assignment.

Activities and readings focus on tools for discussing feelings with a child and understanding who might be vulnerable to stress reactions. Two evaluation tools, to be completed by the child, are included: "How I Have Been Feeling," a stress survey, and "Gauge Your Stress," which uses a rain gauge metaphor/analogy. The adult follow-up activities include an answer key indicating positive and unhealthy coping strategies identified in the child's survey. …

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