A Developmental Approach to Understanding Drawings and Narratives From Children Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

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Abstract

Using art as a process to help children externalize complex feelings can add another layer of assessment in the primary care setting. In the face of trauma, drawing may help children gain symbolic control over events that are confusing and frightening. Through examples of children who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, this article describes the use of drawings and narratives to understand children's experiences related to traumatic displacement. Recommendations include using a developmental lens to understanding children's art, asking children to talk about their drawings, and considering the significance of place for children who have been traumatically displaced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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