By Dr Alexander
When there is a major earthquake or a devasting natural disaster, the effects on children may continue into adolescence, adulthood and old age.
Research on children experiencing natural disasters and parental separation provides helpful information and guidance on what might help to minimise the chances of long-term negative effects and not exacerbate the risks.
Four key lessons arising from research findings are:
1. It is best for young children, if possible, to stay with a caring parent rather than be evacuated to another city or be put into a foster situation somewhere else in the city
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