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Hazard perceptions and preparedness of Taranaki youth

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by K Finnis, D Johnston, Kevin RonanKevin Ronan, J White
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between participation in hazard education programs and levels of hazard awareness, risk perceptions, knowledge of response-related protective behaviour and household preparedness. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire examining various measures including participation in hazard education programmes, risk perceptions and household preparedness was delivered under teacher guidance to high school students in three different locations in the Taranaki Region of New Zealand. A total of 282 valid questionnaires were returned. Data were analysed by means of chi-squared, t-test and ANOVA. Findings – Students who have participated in hazard education programmes are more likely to have better knowledge of safety behaviours and higher household preparedness. However, even with hazard education, some aspects of hazard awareness and the uptake of family emergency plans and practices were found to be poor. Overall, hazard education was found to be beneficial and helps to create potentially more-resilient children and communities. Research limitations/implications – The research is limited to the views of the students. The study would benefit from a parallel study of parents or caregivers to give a more accurate report of household preparedness and family emergency plans and practices. The research highlights areas of change for future hazard education programmes and provides support for the continued inclusion of this topic in the curriculum.Originality/value – The paper offers insight into the effectiveness and benefit of incorporating hazard education into the school curriculum in New Zealand.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

19

Issue

2

Start Page

175

End Page

184

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

0965-3562

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Massey University; University of Otago;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Disaster prevention and management.