Author(s): C. B. Rose, K. Manktelow, C. A. Booth & D. G. Proverbs
There is an acknowledged need to improve the resilience of those at risk of
flooding in areas of the UK.
Studies of disaster preparedness worldwide indicate
raising awareness of a hazard does not necessarily engender action.
In the UK
the majority of the at-risk population do not display adaptation behaviours until
they have experienced one or more flood events, a finding not adequately
explained by levels of information provision or financial pressures.
appreciation of the psychological underpinning of current behaviour patterns,
including decision-making processes, can illuminate our understanding of the
A review of relevant psychological theories affecting
adaptation behaviours in a variety of hazard situations is presented.
reveal the influence of belief systems, such as locus of control and self-efficacy,
on decision-making in risk environments: statistically significant correlations
have been noted between the types of hazard-behaviours displayed and the
scores obtained on the relevant belief system metrics.
It is suggested
psychometric measures might be employed as capability indicators and adoption
of such techniques may contribute to improved resilience in the future.
flood, resilience, psychology, preparedness, adaptation, capability.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/978-1-84564-646-2/10
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