Risk Perception


Hazard in itself has no social significance, being a logically possible event and bound to the natural system. It becomes a disaster when it affects an exposed and vulnerable human community.

Risk perception represents, in case of exposed and vulnerable communities, an essential link in the analysis of the coping relationship human-environment and an important parameter in quantifying the complex vulnerability, the predictive central variable in the equation of risk.

The course aims to familiarize students with the methodology for assessing the perception of natural hazards. Another objective is to understand the specific patterns of relationships of different human communities at natural risk situations, depending on the environmental characteristics, social, economic and psychological vulnerability indicators. Intervention of factors or latent variables, assumed by the classic dispositional model, would be expected to lead to a stabilization and generalization of behavioural response reactions in relation to multiple types of natural hazard events. Identification and quantification of adequate traits (factors), such as anxiety, vulnerability to stress, locus of control (internal / external), intolerance to uncertainty, etc., it is expected to work predictive in relation to aggregated behavioural variables (dependent variables), such as adaptive coping, with results applicable in disaster management.







Last updated at: August 26, 2011.