The effects of disasters may predispose many adolescents to psychological stress, which can interfere with their growth and development and disrupt their intrapsychic homeostasis. This may lead to negative long-term health outcomes and hamper normal development. Many nurses view traumatic events involving children, including adolescents, as the most frequent and stressful critical incidents. There is a need to address psychological emergency preparedness for mass disasters with the development of protocols and practice guidelines. Assessing and managing physical injuries may take priority in emergencies, but incorporating rapid, cost-effective mental health assessments for children and adolescents is essential.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services|
|State||Published - Aug 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health