Tips for Talking to Children & Youth About the Oil Spill Disaster: Interventions at Home for Preschoolers to Adolescents [open pdf - 719KB]
"The stress and impact of the oil spill can affect children as much as adults. Some children may be affected without anyone knowing. Without meaning to, parents may make a child feel that it is not all right to talk about the experience. This may cause confusion, self-doubt, and feelings of helplessness in a child. A child needs to hear that many feelings are normal during and after an event. Knowing this helps a child cope with the experience."
Report Inventory No. SMA10-4601
United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/