OSHR 3106 - Children of Katrina (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

When children experience upheaval and trauma, adults often view them as helpless or as resilient and able to "bounce back" easily. But the reality is far more complex for the children and youth whose lives are suddenly upended by disaster.

This presentation will summarize the findings from one of the only long-term studies of young people following a major disaster. Researchers spent seven years after Hurricane Katrina interviewing and observing several hundred children and the adults in their lives. They find that children followed three different post-disaster trajectories - declining, finding equilibrium, and fluctuating.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.