Psychology’s Kaniasty and Colleagues Publish on Children and Parents Coping With Disaster

Posted on 9/10/2015 10:10:16 AM

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.

Their 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.