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Children and Disasters by Conway F. Saylor (auth.), Conway Fleming Saylor (eds.)

By Conway F. Saylor (auth.), Conway Fleming Saylor (eds.)

In reaction to the starting to be obstacle for the mental effect of failures on teenagers, this publication integrates a various physique of literature-including thought, case stories and different examine, and review and intervention techniques-contributed via the various fields such a lot skilled pros. baby and college psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, psychological future health directors, and pediatricians will all savour the work's distinct concentrate on the response of youngsters to severe stress.

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In fact, nightmares and sleep difficulties were the symptoms that best differentiated severe PTSD reactions from moderate reactions. , ghosts, monsters) some time after the traumatic event (APA, 1987). Children mayaiso experience a sudden acting or feeling as if the trauma were re-occurring. Environmental cues such as sounds or smells similar to those present during the trauma may trigger chi1dren to feel as if the event were happening all over again. Such flashback experiences are reported to occur less frequently in children than in adults (APA, 1987; Lyons, 1987).

The other involved the extent to which children approached the stimulus. Thus, children might cope by blocking out the stimulus (using imaginative distraction) or by approaching the stimulus (redefining the procedure as "torture" and behaving heroically). The degree to which responding was proactive was unrelated to whether it involved approaching or blocking the stimulus. It is important to note that active appraisal coping such as asking questions and vigilantly looking at the equipment was often followed by what appeared to be rather passive encounter coping, when, in fact, the child was rea1ly engaged in proactive encounter coping, which is psychologically very active (imagining being somewhere else or fantasizing that the physidan is an enemy agent).

Health Psychology, 5, 273-296. Jay, S. , & Elliott, C. H. (1990). A stress inoculation program for parents whose children are STRESS AND COPING IN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 27 undergoing painful medical procedures. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 799-804. Kazak, A. E. (1989). Families of chronically ill children: A systems and sodal-ecological model of adaptation and change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 25-30. Lazarus, R. , & Folkman, s. (1984). Stress, appraisal and coping.

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