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Disaster preparedness: a social-cognitive perspective


Paton, D, Disaster preparedness: a social-cognitive perspective, Disaster Prevention and Management, 12, (3) pp. 210-216. ISSN 0965-3562 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09653560310480686


Despite considerable effort and expenditure on public hazard education, levels of disaster preparedness remain low. By integrating and expanding on natural hazards and health research on protective behaviour, this paper proposes a social cognitive model of disaster preparedness. The model describes a developmental process that commences with factors that motivate people to prepare, progresses through the formation of intentions, and culminates in decisions to prepare. Following their critical appraisal, variables implicated at each stage are identified and their role in the preparedness process described. The implications of the model for the conceptualisation and assessment of preparedness is discussed, as is its implications for risk reduction and communication strategies. © MCB UP Limited.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Social and Community Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:26902
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-04-21

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