Psychosocial Issues for Children and Families in Disasters: Guide for the Primary Care Physician [open pdf - 58KB]
"The legacy of a disaster is serious and has widespread physical and emotional sequelae. The emotional impact of a disaster often persists well after the physical impact. Children may evidence symptoms related to the disaster either at home or at school. These are usually normal reactions to an abnormal situation; therefore, it is important for the physician to know how to recognize the psychologic sequelae in order to assist the child and family. The focus of this manual is on how the child health care provider may better prepare, assess, and treat youngsters and their families in the event of a disaster. As a recognized leader in a community, the physician also may be called upon to address community needs in case of such events. This manual also will aid the physician in assuming this role."
Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov