Resilience in children in the aftermath of disasters: A systematic review and a new perspective on individual, interpersonal, group, and intergroup level factors

Eleonora Crapolicchio, Alessia Cadamuro, Michèle D. Birtel, Gian Antonio Di Bernardo, Loris Vezzali, John Drury

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Abstract

Disasters can impact upon individuals, families, and communities in multiple ways. Research has mainly focused on risk and protective factors relating to the child (individual level) and the family (interpersonal level), not taking into account the processes at the level of social groups. The present review aims to (a) review psychological research on disasters determined by natural events in childhood, (b) distinguish individual, interpersonal, group, and intergroup levels, (c) emphasize the importance of considering resilience as a key outcome. We reviewed 294 studies (in addition to 28 reviews-meta-analyses, and 29 naturalistic interventions), and identified factors at the individual (e.g., demographics, exposure, individual differences), interpersonal (e.g., parent–child relationship, family and school environment), group (e.g., social identity, group membership), and intergroup (relations between different groups) levels. We argue that an integrated model of these factors and their interplay is needed to design interventions to enhance resilience in children and their communities. We extend previous theorizations by providing a wider conceptualization of distress and resilience, and by considering the interplay between factors at different levels. A multidimensional approach to the consequences of disasters in children is crucial to understand their development and well-being, and to design effective interventions. Please refer to the Supplementary Material section to find this article's Community and Social Impact Statement.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)259-275
Numero di pagine17
RivistaJOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volume31
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • children
  • disasters
  • distress
  • resilience
  • social identity

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