We examine young children's knowledge of disasters in the immediate aftermath of hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. Knowledge was measured by teacher reports of child-initiated spontaneous play in the classrooms and by children's responses to an interview designed to measure their knowledge of hurricanes in general and Katrina and Rita in particular. Findings indicated age-related differences, with older children demonstrating more knowledge than younger children. Analysis of teacher-reported specific activities indicated that children's demonstrated knowledge was different by region (with children more directly impacted by hurricanes demonstrating more knowledge of hurricanes than children less directly impacted) and seemed to reflect the stages of disasters: preparation, response, and recovery. © 2009 Springer-Verlag New York.
Buchanan, T. K., Casbergue, R. M., & Baumgartner, J. J. (2009). Young children’s demonstrated understanding of hurricanes. In Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters (pp. 3–26). Springer-Verlag New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0393-8_1