Finding Resilience after the Storm

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Gregg Proctor IV, student (Creator)
Mekhi Williams, student (Creator)
Kulwinder Kaur-Walker, Professor (Contributor)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: Many people are affected by hurricanes every year and often, it is hard for people to get back on their feet. Studies support that people enduring natural calamities experience a variety of mental health issues from minor to major with short to long-term effects. The purpose of this project was to identify the factors bringing complete resilience to the affected population. The participants responded to questions about their experiences through the pictures they took and shared them with the research team for discussion using the photovoice method. Five participants took pictures to trigger discussion and participate in discussion for this study. The qualitative data supported with pictures were analyzed using coding of transcribed content of discussions. The outcome reflected the inadequacy of services in the underserved community affected by hurricanes in addition to issues like transportation, insurance, taking time off work, family support due to overworking or addicted family members. The mental health service providers are practically none in the area. School children get attention and treatment including therapies through school while adults add to their and community suffering.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
hurricanes, long-term effects, resilience, the community affected by hurricanes

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