Psychological Impact of Disasters on Children in Fiji
Keywords:Disaster and education, psychological impact of disasters, Fiji children
The purpose of this paper is to fill in the void in the existing literature and investigate experiences children encounter during a natural calamity and which factors impact psychological aptitudes in their learning and the key solutions to be utilized to successfully address the impact natural disasters have on children. Any form of disaster whether physical, psychological, emotional or sexual is a dreadful harrowing experience for a child. Living and reliving through a natural disaster has lasting memorable impact for children. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall on Fiji in February 2016 which ravaged the Northern, Eastern and Western parts of the Fiji islands. The experience of terror that children faced during the height of the severe TC Winston has been etched deep in their hearts. Considering children’s mental, emotional and psychological stability their coping methods in relation to adults is very slow and fragile. To understand children coping method and strategies needs discourse. The study implemented mixed method utilizing the Hutte-Hennik qualitative research cycle to collate data through semi structured interviews which comprised of open and close end questions. A five point Likert scale was used using 5 (strongly agree), 1 (strongly disagree) to assemble better-quality of the psychological impact of disasters on children in Fiji.