Over 220 Louisiana residents participated in research that addresses post-disaster recovery and resilience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the southern United States Gulf Coast region which includes (west to east) Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Community destruction and loss of life was considerable with an estimated 1,800 deaths reported in the immediate aftermath of the storm and over $125 billion dollars in damages. Baton Rouge, LA received an estimated 200,000 + evacuees from storm-ravaged areas, resulting in significant disruptions in daily living for all. Most participants in this study experienced catastrophic losses and a lengthy displacement as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (HKR) in 2005. Other individuals with storm-related disruption but minor to no property damage were included as an indirectly affected control group.
Cherry, K. E. Natural disasters from a life span developmental perspective: An introduction. In K. E. Cherry (ed.) Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters: Coping with Katrina, Rita, and Other Storms. Springer: New York. Download pdf
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Tausch, C., Marks, L. D., Silva Brown, J., Cherry, K. E., Frias, T., McWilliams, Z., Melancon, M. & Sasser, D. D. (2011). Religion and coping with trauma: Qualitative examples from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of Religion, Spirituality& Aging, 23, 236-253. Download pdf
Cherry, K. E., Silva Brown, J., Marks, L. D., Galea, S., Volaufova, J., Lefante, C., Su, L. J. Welsh, D. A. & Jazwinski, S. M. (2012). Longitudinal assessment of cognitive and psychosocial functioning after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Exploring disaster impact on middle-aged, older, and oldest-old adults. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 16, 187-211. Download pdf