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Monday, August 23, 2010

Gush Katif and Katrina - Even 5 Years Later - Inseparable

The emotional toll of the victims of the Disengagement was, and still is, extremely high - years after it took place. Just look at this study that underscores this. The study was done in 2008. I doubt much has changed.

The emotional toll on Hurricane Katrina victims is also still very high, according to Fox News.
NEW ORLEANS – A startling number of Gulf coast area children displaced by Hurricane Katrina still have serious emotional or behavioral problems five years later, a new study found.

More than one in three children studied — those forced to flee their homes because of the August 2005 storm — have since been diagnosed with mental health problems. These are children who moved to trailer parks and other emergency housing.

Nearly half of families studied still report household instability, researchers said.

"If children are bellwethers of recovery, then the social systems supporting affected Gulf Coast populations are still far from having recovered from Hurricane Katrina," the researchers said.

The study was published online Monday in the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.


See here where this was discussed before.

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