Assessing the effect of the Queensland "Summer of Disasters" on perceptions of collective efficacy

Fay-Ramirez, Suzanna, Antrobus, Emma and Piquero, Alex R (2015) Assessing the effect of the Queensland "Summer of Disasters" on perceptions of collective efficacy. Social Science Research, 54 21-35. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.06.017

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Author Fay-Ramirez, Suzanna
Antrobus, Emma
Piquero, Alex R
Title Assessing the effect of the Queensland "Summer of Disasters" on perceptions of collective efficacy
Journal name Social Science Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0049-089X
Publication date 2015-11
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.06.017
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 54
Start page 21
End page 35
Total pages 15
Place of publication Maryland Heights, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The collective efficacy literature suggests that neighborhoods with higher collective efficacy have fewer problems of disorder, increased volunteerism, and higher levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing, along with the increased potential for resilience in the face of a disaster. Although perceptions of collective efficacy typically remain stable over time, rapid or sudden social change, such as experiencing a natural disaster, has the potential to disrupt the neighborhood and the individuals within – including their perceptions of the regulatory mechanisms of collective efficacy. Still, the effect of a major disaster on perceptions of collective efficacy remains relatively unexamined. Longitudinal survey data collected before and after the Queensland flood and cyclone disasters permit a unique investigation of the impact of the disaster on perceptions of social control and social cohesion before and after the disaster. Results show that after this major natural disaster, respondents who were proximately affected reported decreased levels of collective efficacy. Also, persons who experienced the biggest decrease in perceived collective efficacy were those that had lower levels of collective efficacy prior to the disaster. We discuss the mechanisms surrounding disaster preparedness, response, and recovery that may contribute to changing perceptions of collective efficacy.
Keyword Disaster
Collective efficacy
Brisbane floods
Cyclone Yasi
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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