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dc.contributor.advisorAlexander, Sara
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Stephanie
dc.contributor.otherNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-27T04:52:23Z
dc.date.available2012-04-27T04:52:23Z
dc.date.copyright2012
dc.date.issued2012-04-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/8316
dc.description.abstractAs climate change affects global weather patterns, coastal communities experience more high-intensity storms. Social and economic conditions have created more vulnerability to these disasters in some households, exacerbating the damage. The village of Placencia in Belize was particularly affected by one such event, Hurricane Iris, in 2001. This study uses data from households in Placencia to examine the relationship between vulnerability to coastal storms, feelings of stress, and coping strategies. My objectives are (1) to identify those households that are vulnerable, (2) to determine stress scores for each household, and (3) to examine the influence of stress on the coping strategies (used in response to Hurricane Iris) of vulnerable households. This study concluded that households with low levels of neighborhood cohesion did not use social interaction to cope with disaster. Additionally, highly-stressed households did not use monetary means of coping with the aftermath of the storm.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsBaylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.subjectVulnerability.en_US
dc.subjectResilience.en_US
dc.subjectPerceptions of stress.en_US
dc.subjectCoping strategies.en_US
dc.subjectNeighborhood cohesion.en_US
dc.subjectCoastal community.en_US
dc.titleVulnerability, Perceptions of Stress, and Coping with Natural Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Iris in Belizeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.schoolshonors collegeen_US


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