Parenting in the Wake of Disaster: Mothers and Fathers Respond to Hurricane Katrina.

Author:

Peek, L. and Fothergill, A.

Editor:

Date:

2009

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender and Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

Peek, L. and Fothergill, A. (2009). “Parenting in the Wake of Disaster: Mothers and Fathers Respond to Hurricane Katrina.” Women, Gender, and Disaster: Global Issues and Initiatives, edited by E. Enarson and D. Chakrabarti, pp. 112-130. New Delhi: Sage.

With the understanding that parenting is a gendered endeavour this chapter focuses on the responses of mothers and fathers to Hurricane Katrina. The chapter begins by reviewing the literature available on parenting in disasters. Next, the approaches and methods used for this research are briefly discussed. The chapter then goes on to explore the various responsibilities that mothers and fathers assumed and examine some of the challenges and stresses created within families by this crisis experience. The chapter concludes with a set of policy recommendations.