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Children Displaced by Hurricane Katrina: A Focus Group Study


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.

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Pfefferbaum, Betty, J. Brian Houston, Karen Fraser Wyche, Richard L. Van Horn, Gilbert Reyes, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, and Carol S. North. 2008. "Children Displaced by Hurricane Katrina: A Focus Group Study." Journal of Loss and Trauma 13 (July): 303-318. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15325020701741989#preview

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