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Managing Tsunami Risk: Social Context Influences on Preparedness


Paton, D and Houghton, BF and Gregg, CE and McIvor, D and Johnston, DM and Burgelt, P and Larin, P and Gill, DA and Ritchie, LA and Meinhold, S and Horan, J, Managing Tsunami Risk: Social Context Influences on Preparedness, Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 3, (1) pp. 27-37. ISSN 1834-4909 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1375/prp.3.1.27


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tsunami, community, empowerment, trust, preparedness
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
UTAS Author:McIvor, D (Mr David McIvor)
ID Code:60059
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-01-08
Last Modified:2015-03-05

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