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The impact of the 2004 tsunami on coastal Thai communities: assessing adaptive capacity


Paton, D and Gregg, CE and Houghton, BF and Lachman, R and Lachman, J and Johnston, DM and Wongbusarakum, S, The impact of the 2004 tsunami on coastal Thai communities: assessing adaptive capacity, Disasters, 32, (1) pp. 106-119. ISSN 0361-3666 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2007.01029.x


The suddenness and scale of the 26 December 2004 tsunami and the challenges posed to affected communities highlighted the benefits of their members having a capacity to confront and adapt to the consequences of such a disaster.2 Research into adaptive capacity or resilience has been conducted almost exclusively with Western populations. This paper describes an exploratory study of the potential of a measure of collective efficacy developed for Western populations to predict the capacity of members of a collective society, Thai citizens affected by the 2004 tsunami, to confront effectively the recovery demands associated with this disaster. Following a demonstration that this measure could predict adaptive capacity, the role of religious affiliation, ethnicity and place of residence in sustaining collective efficacy is discussed. The implications of the findings for future research on, and intervention to develop, adaptive capacity among Thai citizens in particular and collectivist societies in general are discussed

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disaster recovery ethnicity religion resilience Thailand tsunami
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:51766
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:33
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2008-04-29
Last Modified:2014-12-18
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