Factors influencing vulnerability and positive post-disaster response following the Mackay 2008 and Brisbane 2011 floods

Dixon, Kelly Marea (2015) Factors influencing vulnerability and positive post-disaster response following the Mackay 2008 and Brisbane 2011 floods. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This project investigated which aspects of being flooded most affected mental health outcomes. It found that stress in the aftermath of the flood, during the clean-up and rebuilding phase, including stress due to difficulties with insurance companies, was a previously overlooked risk factor, and social support and sense of belonging were the strongest protective factors. Implications for community recovery following disasters include providing effective targeting of support services throughout the lengthy rebuilding phase; the need to co-ordinate tradespeople; and training for insurance company staff aimed at minimising the incidence of insurance company staff inadvertently adding to disaster victims' stress.

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ID Code: 84835
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Shochet, Ian & Shakespeare-Finch, Jane
Keywords: Disaster, Flood, Mental health, Posttraumatic stress, Depression, Anxiety, Sense of Belonging, Social Support, Stressful Life Events
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2015 00:11
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 05:26

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