Krys Kaniasty, Department of Psychology, was a member of a team of
disaster researchers, led by Professor Erika Felix
(University of California–Santa Barbara), that published a paper titled “Parent–Child
Relationship Quality and Gender as Moderators of the Influence of Hurricane Exposure
on Physical Health among Children and Youth” in Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
study examined the long-term inﬂuence of disaster exposure (Hurricane Georges
that hit Puerto Rico in 1998), parent–child relationship quality, and gender on
child and youth physical health. Hurricane exposure exerted detrimental
inﬂuence on physical health at both 18 and 30 months after the event. However,
the relation between disaster experience and physical health varied by gender
and the quality of parental social support.