Emotions and beliefs after a disaster: a comparative analysis of Haiti and Indonesia

O'Connell, Erin and Abbott, Roger P. and White, Robert S. (2017) Emotions and beliefs after a disaster: a comparative analysis of Haiti and Indonesia. Disasters. ISSN 03613666 DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12227

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A number of studies have examined emotional and belief responses following a disaster, yet there has been limited comparative analysis of responses to disasters in different places. This paper reviews the results of 366 questionnaires that evaluated key emotional and belief concepts in Haiti after the earthquake on 12 January 2010 (n=212) and in Indonesia after the earthquake in Yogyakarta on 27 May 2006 (n=154). The results indicate significant differences between the responses in the two settings, particularly in relation to feelings of impunity, self-blame for the disaster, regret about pre-earthquake behaviour, and a sense of justice in the world. Furthermore, the impacts of age, education, and gender on responses also were different in the two case study sites. Overall, the results suggest that understanding the cultural, religious, and social contexts of different disaster locales is important in comprehending the emotions and beliefs that manifest themselves in the wake of a major disaster.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2016AREP; IA72;
Subjects: 99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: Disasters
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12227
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 18:10
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3882

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