ERIC Number: EJ929158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Breakup of New Orleans Households after Hurricane Katrina
Rendall, Michael S.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n3 p654-668 Jun 2011
Theory and evidence on disaster-induced population displacement have focused on individual and population-subgroup characteristics. Less is known about impacts on households. I estimate excess incidence of household breakup resulting from Hurricane Katrina by comparing a probability sample of pre-Katrina New Orleans resident adult household heads and non-household heads (N = 242), traced just over a year later, with a matched sample from a nationally representative survey over an equivalent period. One in three among all adult non-household heads, and one in two among adult children of household heads, had separated from the household head 1 year post-Katrina. These rates were, respectively, 2.2 and 2.7 times higher than national rates. A 50% higher prevalence of adult children living with parents in pre-Katrina New Orleans than nationally increased the hurricane's impact on household breakup. Attention to living arrangements as a dimension of social vulnerability in disaster recovery is suggested.
Descriptors: Poverty, Heads of Households, Probability, Natural Disasters, Surveys, Family Relationship, Incidence, Place of Residence, Parent Child Relationship, Adults, Divorce
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana