ERIC Number: EJ1179031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Natural Disaster Preparedness in College Students: Implications for Institutions of Higher Learning
Tkachuck, Mathew A.; Schulenberg, Stefan E.; Lair, Elicia C.
Journal of American College Health, v66 n4 p269-279 2018
Objective: There is growing interest in the effectiveness of disaster preparedness at universities. Although several studies have examined student preparedness perceptions, a better understanding of factors that may influence actual preparedness is needed. Participants: Seven hundred sixty-five undergraduate and graduate students at a southeastern U.S. university completed an online survey in September 2013. Methods: Participants were administered an online survey that included questions regarding disaster preparedness and their experiences with disasters. Results: Students' disaster concern was more related to perceived preparedness over actual preparedness; disaster experience significantly predicted both actual and perceived preparedness. Perceived university preparedness was a significant predictor of disaster concern. Conclusion: The results suggest that perceived and actual preparedness are related but not entirely equivalent, which emphasizes the importance of differentiating the two constructs. Limitations of the current study and recommendations for future research are provided.
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Emergency Programs, College Students, Knowledge Level, Student Experience, Predictor Variables, Measurement, Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Likert Scales, Readiness, Universities, Regression (Statistics), Student Attitudes, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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