This talk will present new findings from the just-completed fourth wave of data from the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) Project, a longitudinal study of 1,019 young, predominantly female and African American community college students who were surveyed a year before Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and then four times afterward. This study combines multiple survey waves, multiple in-depth interview waves, and neighborhood mobility and contextual data. The immediate and long-term (12-14 years after) effects of the Katrina disaster on physical and mental health, economic and social functioning, and neighborhood attainment are discussed.
Mary C. Waters is the PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children; the transition to adulthood for the children of immigrants; intergroup relations; the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity; and the social, demographic, and psychological impact of natural disasters.