Nicola Pine

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2016
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Teenagers' perspectives on the Canterbury earthquakes: An insight into their needs and experiences

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Ms Pine explored teenagers' experiences and retrospective views of their needs, supports, and recovery over the three years following the New Zealand earthquakes in Canterbury. Initially, teenagers' most important needs were physical basics, social support, and psychological needs. Participants also expressed a high desire to help their community post-disaster, which in turn, positively contributed towards their recovery. Over time, participants' focus shifted to the rebuild of their city, schools and homes. They explained the negative impact of the slow pace of the rebuild and the need for youth-focused areas to be built. The importance of school was emphasised, particularly its normality and structure and the important role of teachers. The negative psychological impact on youth and family members was also an immediate and long-term factor. This information was intended to inform post-disaster supports for disaster-exposed teenagers, with recommendations for the Ministry of Education, schools, parents/caregivers, community members, and city councils.

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