The pathways between natural disasters and violence against chil-dren: a systematic review


Santolo, P. di, & Ciaburro, C. (2022). The pathways between natural disasters and violence against chil-dren: a systematic review. Prevention and Treatment of Natural Disasters, 1(3), 11–20.


  • Parente di Santolo
    Telematic University Pegaso, 80100 Napoli, Italy
  • Carmine Ciaburro Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, 81031 Aversa, Italy

Natural disasters are increasingly affecting a larger segment of the world’s population. These highly disruptive events have the potential to produce negative changes in social dynamics and the environment which increase violence against children. We do not currently have a comprehensive understanding of how natural disasters lead to violence against children despite the growing threat to human populations and the importance of violence as a public health issue. The mapping of pathways to violence is critical in designing targeted and evidence-based prevention services for children. We systematically reviewed peer-reviewed articles and grey literature to document the pathways between natural disasters and violence against children and to suggest how this information could be used in the design of future programming. We searched 15 bibliographic databases and six grey literature repositories from the earliest date of publication to May 16, 2018. In addition, we solicited grey literature from humanitarian agencies globally that implement child-focused programming after natural disasters. Peer-reviewed articles and grey literature that presented original quantitative or qualitative evidence on how natural disasters led to violence against children were included. The authors synthesized the evidence narratively and used thematic analysis with a constant comparative method to articulate pathways to violence.


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