Addressing the Needs of Children With Disabilities Experiencing Disaster or Terrorism. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper reviews the empirical literature on psychosocial factors relating to children with disabilities in the context of disaster or terrorism. RECENT FINDINGS: Research indicates adults with disabilities experience increased exposure to hazards due to existing social disparities and barriers associated with disability status. However, studies on the psychological effects of disaster/terrorism on children with pre-existing disabilities are exceedingly few and empirical evidence of the effectiveness of trauma-focused therapies for this population is limited. Secondary adversities, including social stigma and health concerns, also compromise the recovery of these children post-disaster/terrorism. Schools and teachers appear to be particularly important in the recovery of children with disabilities from disaster. Disasters, terrorism, and war all contribute to increased incidence of disability, as well as disproportionately affect children with pre-existing disabilities. Disaster preparedness interventions and societal changes are needed to decrease the disproportionate environmental and social vulnerability of children with disabilities to disaster and terrorism.

published proceedings

  • Curr Psychiatry Rep

altmetric score

  • 1.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Stough, L. M., Ducy, E. M., & Kang, D.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Stough, Laura M||Ducy, Elizabeth McAdams||Kang, Donghyun

publication date

  • April 2017