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What is Human-Made Disaster

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
A human-caused hazard, such as school shootings, terrorism, or human conflicts, that causes significant damage or loss of life and overwhelms a community’s own capacity and resources to cope. Hazards can be a result of human intent, negligence, or a failure of a human-made system.
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Disaster Relief
Lindsey Murphy (Missouri State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch009
Child life specialists have been supporting children and families in disaster relief settings for years. It is imperative to understand the needs of children affected by disasters and continue to integrate child life services to best support the psychological and emotional outcomes of children and families. This chapter will define disasters and the disaster management cycle, overview key factors in assessing children's needs related to disasters, identify how child life services are utilized during each phase of disaster relief, and identify future opportunities for child life services in disaster relief.
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