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Managing Tsunami Risk: Social Context Influences on Preparedness

Paton, Douglas, Houghton, Bruce F., Gregg, Chris E., McIvor, David, Johnston, David M., Buergelt, Petra T., Larin, Penny, Gill, Duane A., Ritchie, Liesel A., Meinhold, Steven and Horan, Jennifer (2009). Managing Tsunami Risk: Social Context Influences on Preparedness<br />. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology,3(1):27-37.

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Title Managing Tsunami Risk: Social Context Influences on Preparedness
Author Paton, Douglas
Houghton, Bruce F.
Gregg, Chris E.
McIvor, David
Johnston, David M.
Buergelt, Petra T.
Larin, Penny
Gill, Duane A.
Ritchie, Liesel A.
Meinhold, Steven
Horan, Jennifer
Journal Name Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1834-4909   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 27
End Page 37
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
Abstract This article describes the testing of a model that proposes that people's beliefs regarding the effectiveness of hazard preparedness interact with social context factors (community participation, collective efficacy, empowerment and trust) to influence levels of hazard preparedness. Using data obtained from people living in coastal communities in Alaska and Oregon that are susceptible to experiencing tsunami, structural equation modelling analyses confirmed the ability of the model to help account for differences in levels of tsunami preparedness. Analysis revealed that community members and civic agencies influence preparedness in ways that are independent of the information provided per se. The model suggests that, to encourage people to prepare, outreach strategies must (a) encourage community members to discuss tsunami hazard issues and to identify the resources and information they need to deal with the consequences a tsunami would pose for them and (b) ensure that the community-agency relationship is complementary and empowering.
Keywords Tsunami
Community
Empowerment
Trust
Preparedness
DOI http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1375/prp.3.1.27   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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