Disaster Reading List
This reading list was compiled by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on disasters and child traumatic stress by Network and other experts in the field.
Clicking on SUMMARY will open a new window with a summary of the selected article. We provide in-depth summaries for many of the works written by members of the NCTSN.
Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.
Dollinger SJ, O'Donnell JP, and Stanley AA. "Lightning-strike disaster: Effects on children's fears and worries," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology vol 52(6): 1028-1038, 1984. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.52.6.1028
Gerrity ET and Steinglass P. "Relocation stress following catastrophic events." In Ursano RJ, Fullerton CS, and Norwood AE, eds, Terrorism and Disaster: Individual and Community Mental Health Interventions. New York, Cambridge University Press. 2003. SUMMARY
Goenjian AK, Molina L, Steinberg AM, Fairbanks LA, Alvarez ML, and Pynoos RS. "Posttraumatic stress and depressive reactions among adolescents in Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch," American Journal of Psychiatry vol 158(5): 788-794. 2001. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.158.5.788
Goenjian AK, Pynoos RS, Steinberg AM, Najarian LM, Asarnow JR, Karayan I, Ghurabi M, and Fairbanks LA. "Psychiatric co-morbidity in children after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 34(9): 1174-1184. 1995. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199509000-00015
Gurwitch RH, Sullivan MA, and Long P. "The impact of trauma and disaster on young children," Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America vol 7(1): 19-32. 1998.
Jones RT, Ribbe DP, and Cunningham P. "Psychosocial correlates of fire disaster among children and adolescents," Journal of Traumatic Stress vol 7(1): 117-122. 1994. doi:10.1002/jts.2490070112
Lubit R, and Eth S. "Children, disasters, and the September 11th World Trade Center attack." In Ursano R and Norwood AE, eds, Trauma and Disaster Responses and Management. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. 2003.
Pynoos RS, Goenjian AK, and Steinberg AM. "Strategies of disaster intervention for children and adolescents." In Hobfoll SE and De Vries MW, Extreme Stress and Communities: Impact and Intervention. 445-471. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1995. SUMMARY
Pynoos RS, Goenjian AK, and Steinberg AM. "A public mental health approach to the postdisaster treatment of children and adolescents," Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America vol 7(1): 195-210. 1998.
Randall JS and Jones RT. "Teaching children fire safety skills," Fire Technology vol 29(3): 268-280. 1993. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1007/BF01152110
Shaw J, Applegate B, Tanner S, Perez D, Rothe E, Campo-Bowen A, and Lahey B. "Psychological effects of Hurricane Andrew on an elementary school population," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 34(9): 1185-1192, 1995. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1097/00004583-199509000-00016
Vernberg EM. "Children's responses to disasters: Family and systems approaches." In Gist R and Lubin B, eds, Response to Disaster: Psychosocial, Ecological, and Community Approaches. New York, Taylor and Francis. 1999.
Vernberg EM, La Greca AM, Silverman WK, and Prinstein MJ. "Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew," Journal of Abnormal Psychology vol 105(2): 237-248. 1996. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1037/0021-843X.105.2.237
Vernberg EM and Vogel J. "Part 2: Interventions with children after disasters," Journal of Clinical Child Psychology vol 22(4): 485-498. 1993. doi:10.1207/s15374424jccp2204_8