Building Resilience after a Natural Disaster: An Evaluation of a Parental Psycho-educational Curriculum

Tara Powell, Sheryl Leytham

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Natural disasters are stressful to individuals, families, and communities on multiple levels. In the aftermath the stress of rebuilding homes and lives can make it difficult for caregivers to adequately support their children and family. Studies have shown that parental mental health and wellbeing is a protective factor against negative psychological sequelae in children. The current study assessed (N = 106) parents who participated in the Journey of Hope workshop after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Christchurch New Zealand in February, 2011. Paired Samples T-tests indicate statistically significant gains (p <.05) in knowledge and reductions in stress after the workshop. Parents were more able to identify: (1) social supports in their community, (2) the ability to identify signs of stress and how stress affects their body, (3) how to cope with stress, and (4) a more positive outlook for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Caregiver
  • Natural Disaster
  • Social Work Practice
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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