The role of parents, parenting and the family environment in children’s post-disaster mental health

Cobham, Vanessa E., McDermott, Brett, Haslam, Divna and Sanders, Matthew R. (2016) The role of parents, parenting and the family environment in children’s post-disaster mental health. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18 . doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0691-4


Author Cobham, Vanessa E.
McDermott, Brett
Haslam, Divna
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title The role of parents, parenting and the family environment in children’s post-disaster mental health
Journal name Current Psychiatry Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1535-1645
1523-3812
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s11920-016-0691-4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 18
Total pages 9
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Springer Healthcare
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract There is widespread support for the hypothesis that, post-disaster, children’s mental health is impacted—at least in part—via the impact on parents, parenting, parent-child interactions, and the family environment. To some degree, the enthusiasm with which this hypothesis is held outstrips the evidence examining it. The current paper critically evaluates the empirical evidence for this hypothesis and concludes that although limited (both in terms of number of existing studies and methodological flaws), the extant literature indicates some parent-related variables, as well as some aspects of the family environment are likely to constitute risk or protective factors for children. Given that parenting is modifiable, it is proposed that the identified parent- and family-related factors represent important therapeutic targets, and a universal post-disaster parenting intervention (Disaster Recovery Triple P) is described.
Keyword Children
Disaster
Family environment
Mental health
Parenting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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