Change is a constant in life. Change and growth are the basic tenets of developmental psychology, and several theorists have developed frameworks to explain the various life stages of psychosocial and cognitive development. Although it may seem obvious that a 13-year-old will deal with disasters, crises, or traumas differently than a 40-year-old, these developmental differences can be critically important to accurately assessing the impact on the survivor.
Equally critical to the assessment of the impact of disasters, crises, or traumas is taking into account the survivors’ values and beliefs, social support systems, and the cultures in which they exist. In this Discussion, you will interview a friend or family member who has experienced a disaster, crisis, or trauma to determine his or her psychosocial development, coping style, and support system at the time of the event. Then, based on the interview, you will explain the importance of collecting developmental and ecological information from survivors when assessing the impact of disasters, crises, and traumas.