Natural Disasters and Psychological Stress
We’ve just passed the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Even though many New Orleans residents still have not returned to the city, some believe that we can see the effects of the trauma of the hurricane in the crime rates. Others believe crime rates have risen in the large cities housing Katrina refugees. More importantly, many worry about the infants and children who have experienced not only the hurricane but the confusion, dislocation, and chaos in their families.
For this week’s discussion, complete the following:
Discuss how we might think about the effects of the hurricane on individuals and families who have suffered the effects of Katrina.
Incorporate an understanding of physiological stress and how it affects pregnancy outcomes and behavior.
Finally, view the trailer of the award winning documentary Trouble in the Water (2:01)
Please submit one original post (400-500 words) and respond to at least one peer post (75-150 words). Cite the text when appropriate for the discussion prompt above. Cite at least two relevant peer-reviewed journal articles to achieve maximum points for this assignment. (Articles may be cited in either your initial posting or your responses to peers.) Be sure that you have addressed all parts of the required response.
Prior to submitting your posts, check them for appropriate grammar, usage and spelling. In the field of social work it is important to be able to communicate effectively when writing as well as when speaking. Errors in these areas will result in a lower grade for your discussion posts.
I attached 3 peer reviewed articles
Peer Reviewed Articles:
Weems, C. F., & et al. (2007). The psychosocial impact of Hurricane Katrina: Contextual differences in psychological symptoms, social support, and discrimination. Behavior Research & Therapy, 45, 2295-2306
Talge, N. M., Neal, C., Glover, V., & the Early Stress, Translational Research and Prevention Science Network: Fetal and Neonatal Experience on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2007). Antenatal maternal stress and long-term effects on child neurodevelopment: How and why?. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48(3/4), 245-261.
honkoff, J. P., Boyce, T. W., & McEwen, B. S. (2009). Neuroscience, molecular biology, and the childhood roots of health disparities: Building a new framework for health promotion and disease prevention. (pp. 2252-2259)
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