Resilience to disaster: predicting resilience in a disaster prone community

Kanakis, K., and McShane, C. (2014) Resilience to disaster: predicting resilience in a disaster prone community. In: European Health Psychologist. From: EHPS 2014: 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 26-30 August 2014, Innsbruck, Austria.

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The degree an individual is prepared for a potential threatening event impacts on their ability to be resilient during and after the event. As such, predicting the factors that influence the level of preparation can provide useful recommendations in increasing the level of resilience. The current study sought to extend the applicability of the Extended Parallel Process Model to predicting preparation in a disaster prone community. A total of 279 participants from a cyclone prone community in Northern Australia completed the questionnaire about their experience with extreme weather events, preparation, concern, perceived threat, self-efficacy, social capital and resilience. It was found that self-efficacy predicted preparation (p=.01) and this was mediated by social connectedness (p=.00). Also, the perceived severity of a future weather event was found to predict concern (p=.00) and this was mediated by trust (p=.00). Findings from this study suggest that the adapted EPPM is an acceptable model for making predictions about preparation within a disaster prone community. The results suggest that increasing self-efficacy and social connectedness will increase preparation.

Item ID: 35483
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISSN: 2225-6962
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Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 03:56
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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