ABSTRACT

Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mental and Physical Health of Low-Income Parents in New Orleans   [open pdf - 351KB]

From the Abstract: "The purpose of this study was to document changes in mental and physical health among 392 low-income parents exposed to Hurricane Katrina and to explore how hurricane-related stressors and loss relate to post-Katrina well being. The prevalence of probable serious mental illness doubled, and nearly half of the respondents exhibited probable PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. Higher levels of hurricane-related loss and stressors were generally associated with worse health outcomes, controlling for baseline socio-demographic and health measures. Higher baseline resources predicted fewer hurricane-associated stressors, but the consequences of stressors and loss were similar regardless of baseline resources. Adverse health consequences of Hurricane Katrina persisted for a year or more, and were most severe for those experiencing the most stressors and loss. Long-term health and mental health services are needed for low-income disaster survivors, especially those who experience disaster-related stressors and loss."

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2010-04
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Public Domain
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National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
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Source:
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (April, 2010), v.80, no.2
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