Coping Skills to Traumatic Effects Research Proposal by ABCs

Coping Skills to Traumatic Effects
A research proposal to study the coping skills and the traumatic effects on New Orleans seniors following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
# 111313 | 18,748 words | 167 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper notes that hurricane Katrina disrupted lives unlike other natural disasters and comments that the effects of Katrina are ongoing and have resulted in permanent changes in many people's lives. The paper presents the rationale and methods for conducting a study that assesses the types and effectiveness of coping methods used by seniors, aged 60-70 in the New Orleans area. The paper highlights that the sample population for this study differs from similar studies conducted in the aftermath of Katrina, as it examines those that evacuated and then returned to rebuild. The paper discusses clues to coping mechanisms that can help other survivors of traumatic events to better cope with such an ordeal.

Background of the Problem
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study
Significance of the Study to Leadership
Nature of the Study
Hypothesis and Research Questions
Conceptual Framework
Scope, Limitations and Delimitations
Theoretical Background
What Determines Resilience?
Positive Emotions and Resiliency
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Resiliency
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Coping Abilities
Expectancy Theory and Resiliency
Leadership Theories and Resiliency
What is known about coping strategies?
Other Variables that May Affect the Study
Disaster Response
Research Method and Design Appropriateness
Sample Population
Research Instrument
Data Collection
Internal Validity
External Validity
Data Analysis

From the Paper:

"Older people may have difficulty meeting the documentation requirements due to age related difficulties. In addition, their special needs status group is disproportionately affected by any mass disaster. People recovering from Hurricane Katrina developed problems coping with the remnants of the disaster. According to a study done by UCLA, federal officials estimate that 500,000 people are in need of mental health services because of Hurricane Katrina. The onset of mental problems emerged in the New Orleans area, as people who managed to take care of themselves prior to the hurricane found themselves dependent upon social programs."

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Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Coping Skills to Traumatic Effects (2009, January 16) Retrieved February 25, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Coping Skills to Traumatic Effects" 16 January 2009. Web. 25 February. 2021. <>