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ERIC Number: EJ1149375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
The Role of Social Influence on How Residence Hall Inhabitants Respond to Fire Alarms
Leytem, Michael; Stark, Emily
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v43 n1 p60-73 2016
College resident halls pose a threat for a catastrophic event in the case of fire, but little research has examined potential influences on students' responses to fire alarms, particularly the role of social influence in affecting their behaviors. In the current study, residence hall inhabitants reported their knowledge about fire safety, their past behaviors in responding to alarms, and their likelihood of engaging in different behaviors in response to future alarms. Results showed that one-quarter of participants reported ignoring alarms, which also affected predictions of future behaviors. All participants indicated a high likelihood of surveying others' behaviors in response to alarms, showing the potential for social influence to play a role in evacuation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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