Psychological and social consequences of losing a child in a natural or human-made disaster: A review of the evidence

Yao Xu, Helen Herrman, Atsuro Tsutsumi, Jane Rosamond Woodward Fisher

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Exposure to natural and human-made disasters is associated with long-term health consequences, including for mental health. Parents who have lost children, particularly their only children, in any circumstances are also at increased risk of developing mental health problems. The aim of this study was to review the available evidence about the psychological and social consequences for parents who had faced these circumstances simultaneously through losing children in a disaster. Systematic searching of the English and Chinese language literatures about the psychological and social functioning of bereaved parents after disasters revealed that a small number of studies met inclusion criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237 - 248
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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