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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #870
Program Date: 05/23/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Health and Medicine, Social Sciences, Women in Science

Disaster Study Investigates Resilience In Children

The High River flood of 2013 left a devastating impact on southern Alberta - on the landscape, the economy, and on families who lost their homes.

But what does that disaster mean for people's long term health, especially children?

Dr. Dawn Kingston is a researcher and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.  

DR. DAWN KINGSTON:  So the project is really designed to understand primarily how children are resilient or how they cope with an adversity like the flood. 
We also have the opportunity to look much earlier into these children's lives.  
It's one thing that distinguishes this study from other disaster studies.  Is that we actually have been studying these families and children from when the mother's were pregnant.  But we're also able to look then at some of the things that even happened earlier in these children's lives that might be classed as adverse circumstances.  And so we're using that as well to understand how these children cope.  


Dr. Kingston says the funding for this large study comes from Alberta Innovates
and will help identify people at risk for long term problems.

Thanks today to ALBERTA INNOVATES

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