The effects of evacuation and relocation following Hurricane Andrew on children ages two through six

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor's Name

Victoria J. Dimidjian

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Grover Mathewson

Third Advisor's Name

George E. O'Brien


Hurricane Andrew, 1992, Natural disasters, Florida, Miami-Dade County, Psychological aspects, Case studies, Life change events, Stress in children

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to describe the effects of evacuation from Hurricane Andrew in August of 1993 and subsequent relocation following the storm on the young children of six families from Homestead Air Force Base, Florida.

Interviews were conducted over a three-month period; these were supplemented with samples of the children's drawings and observations of the children at play.

The resulting case studies illustrate various coping strategies utilized by the six families to deal with the loss of home, goods, and community in the wake of the storm and the ways in which these impacted the young children in each family. Parental coping styles were an influence on the children's ability to make the adjustments necessary during this especially stressful transition.



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