Self-esteem and sense of mastery influencing disaster preparedness behaviour

Sasmita K Mishra, Damodar Suar, Douglas Paton

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This study examines whether self-esteem and sense of mastery influence preparedness behaviour. Data were collected from 300 people each of flood prone and heat wave affected areas in Orissa. Results revealed that when the confounding effects of age and family type were controlled, people having high self-esteem and sense of mastery were more prepared for flood and heat wave. The results confirm the assumptions of ‘resource conservation’ theory that the important psychological resources like sense of mastery and self-esteem facilitate disaster preparedness. Hence, government officials and agencies responsible for community preparedness may take additional effort to enhance self-esteem and mastery of the people.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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