Community disaster resilience: a qualitative study on Iranian concepts and indicators

Abbas Ostadtaghizadeh, Ali Ardalan, Douglas Paton, Hamidreza Khankeh, Hossain Jabbari

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    Abstract

    The concept of community disaster resilience (CDR) has become one of the most popular terms in disaster literature. This concept is recognized as a culture-bound phenomenon that is influenced by diverse domains and indicators in any specific culture. This qualitative study uses content analysis to explore conceptual and working definitions, as well as domains and indicators of CDR in Iranian context. CDR is defined as “The ability of a community to coexist, cope with, and manage disasters through an integrated, comprehensive, participatory and positive approach.” Seeking a working definition, CDR explores as “The level of hazards that a community absorbs with no damage, the level of main functions that remains active, and the period a community needs to return to normal conditions.” CDR in Iran is formed by social, managerial, economic, cultural, physical, and environmental domains and as a holistic approach that makes disaster management effective and efficient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1843-1861
    Number of pages19
    JournalNatural Hazards
    Volume83
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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    Ostadtaghizadeh, A., Ardalan, A., Paton, D., Khankeh, H., & Jabbari, H. (2016). Community disaster resilience: a qualitative study on Iranian concepts and indicators. Natural Hazards, 83(3), 1843-1861. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-016-2377-y