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ERIC Number: EJ1019223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-9165
Citizens' Perceptions of Flood Hazard Adjustments: An Application of the Protective Action Decision Model
Terpstra, Teun; Lindell, Michael K.
Environment and Behavior, v45 n8 p993-1018 Nov 2013
Although research indicates that adoption of flood preparations among Europeans is low, only a few studies have attempted to explain citizens' preparedness behavior. This article applies the Protective Action Decision Model (PADM) to explain flood preparedness intentions in the Netherlands. Survey data ("N" = 1,115) showed that hazard-related attributes (e.g., perceived efficacy in protecting persons) were positively correlated, but failed to show that resource-related attributes (e.g., perceived costs) were negatively correlated with preparedness intentions. Although respondents rated the hazard-related attributes as more important than the resource-related attributes, moderated regression failed to detect practically meaningful interaction effects. Risk perception was also positively correlated with preparedness intentions but explained less variance than did the hazard-related attributes. Among the demographic characteristics, only female gender was consistently correlated with higher risk perception and the hazard-related attributes. Finally, risk area was correlated with perceived flood likelihood and consequences as well as the hazard-related attributes. Implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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