Cox on children and creativity in COVID-19 crisis
Disaster and emergency management expert Prof. Robin Cox shared her thoughts on children, creativity and art during the COVID-19 crisis in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Here is an excerpt:
Robin S. Cox is professor of the disaster and emergency management graduate program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada and leads the ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab, which uses arts and other creative methods to engage young people on the problems caused by disasters, climate change, and conflict. She explained that drawing can help children express emotions they may not even know they have. “Children may not have as much access to physical activity, which is another way of managing anxiety and fear,” Cox said. “So [art] provides another way of managing anxiety and engaging with those emotions.”
Cox, who has developed multiple “psychosocial planning” documents for the Canadian government’s disaster preparedness programs, said that attention to the psychological impacts frequently takes a back seat to infrastructure and economic recovery. But the 2003 SARS and 2009 H1N1 epidemics served as a wake-up call. “It became very clear that not only were there huge psychological and emotional costs for healthcare workers and other people impacted, but also that those costs were exponential in terms of the ripple effect across communities and economies,” she said.
This story appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.