In Katrina's Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience
Ten years after Hurricane Katrinadevastated the city of New Orleans, forcing more than half a million residents to flee, psychologists are investigating the mental and emotional fallout of the natural disaster.
A series oflongitudinal studies of Katrina survivors, featured this week in the journal Nature, paint a complicated picture of the storm's repercussions for mental health.
The studies, which were conducted as part of the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina Project, showed that many Katrina survivors experienced mental health issues related to the disaster. But researchers were surprised to observe that a number of survivors also showed remarkable resilience, and even grow