The relationship between demographic/educational parameters and perceptions, knowledge and earthquake mitigation in Israel

Yechiel Soffer, Avishay Goldberg, Bruria Adini, Robert Cohen, Menachem Ben-Ezra, Yuval Palgi, Nir Essar, Yaron Bar-Dayan

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Abstract

Perceptions, knowledge and mitigation are factors that might play a role in preventing injury and loss of life during a major earthquake. 2 Little is known about the relationships between different demographic and educational parameters and these factors. A national representative sample of 495 adults was investigated in order to determine the relationship between demographic and educational parameters in terms of the perceived threat, perceived coping, knowledge and mitigation of earthquakes in Israel. Compared to females, males perceived the threat of earthquakes to be lower (t=3.183, p=0.002), manifested higher levels of perceived coping (t=2.55, p=0.011), and had higher levels of earthquake related knowledge (t=2.047, p=0.041). We conclude that there are gender differences in perceptions and knowledge regarding earthquakes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-44
Number of pages9
JournalDisasters
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Earthquake
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Knowledge
  • Mitigation
  • Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)

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