The Negative Emotional Effects Caused by Natural Disasters

Jourdynn Cooper, Nadine Snyder, and Elise Quick

When natural disasters occur they can greatly affect the communities they hit. Homes, schools, and in some cases entire towns can be destroyed and community members may be filled with a sense of insecurity even after their community is rebuilt. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and minority populations are often times disproportionately affected by natural disasters (Simmons and Douglas, 1). The mental health of the individuals in these groups, especially the mental health of children, can be permanently altered if they do not receive proper treatment.  As climate change continues, climate systems across the nation are going to be disrupted and natural disasters are only going to become more frequent and intense (van Aalst, 8). While Climate change causes an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, which often negatively impacts mental health, artistic mediums can be employed to address, the mental health of these individuals. These medium serve as modes of “turning towards” and can help solves issues of eco-anxiety and negative ecological emotions.


Keyword List:

Ecological Emotions

Turning Towards

Environmental Racism




Table of Contents:

Coping Mechanisms for the Negative Emotional Effects of Natural Disasters

The Emotional Effects of Natural Disasters

Climate Change, Disasters, and Eco-Anxiety


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