Dingde Xu, Li Peng, Shaoquan Liu, Xuxi Wang. Influences of Risk Perception and Sense of Place on Landslide Disaster Preparedness in Southwestern China[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2018, 9(2): 167-180. doi: 10.1007/s13753-018-0170-0
Citation: Dingde Xu, Li Peng, Shaoquan Liu, Xuxi Wang. Influences of Risk Perception and Sense of Place on Landslide Disaster Preparedness in Southwestern China[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2018, 9(2): 167-180. doi: 10.1007/s13753-018-0170-0

Influences of Risk Perception and Sense of Place on Landslide Disaster Preparedness in Southwestern China

doi: 10.1007/s13753-018-0170-0

and the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016332). The authors also extend great gratitude to the anonymous reviewers and the editors for their helpful reviews and critical comments.

the West Light Foundation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Y5R2080080)

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41771194)

the Youth Talent Team Program of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SDSQB-2015-01)

the 135 Strategic Program of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Science (sds-135-1703)

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  • The effects of risk perception and sense of place on disaster preparedness have been widely reported. However, most studies have only demonstrated weak relationships and it is unknown whether these are applicable to China. This study investigated such relationships in hazard-threatened areas of the Three Gorges Reservoir area in southwestern China. Data were collected from 348 farming households in landslide-prone areas. Binary logistic and Tobit regression models were constructed to determine whether risk perception and sense of place influence landslide preparedness. The results show that: (1) Farming households’ awareness of the need to prepare for disasters was relatively low, and disaster preparedness behaviors were mainly based on self-learning. Among the 348 sampled households, 67% exhibited no disaster preparedness behavior, and only 2% adopted four of the five types of disaster preparedness behaviors. About a quarter of farming households consciously learned disaster-related knowledge. (2) Risk perception and sense of place had important influences on disaster preparedness. Respondents who received higher scores on the perception of the probability of a landslide, the threat of a landslide, and the place dependence variables were more likely to adopt a greater number of disaster preparedness behaviors. Respondents with higher scores on the perception of controllability in the case of a landslide were less likely to adopt a greater number of disaster preparedness behaviors. Additionally, individual and household socioeconomic characteristics—education, loss, distance from hazard site, information acquisition channel, and housing material—were all related to household disaster preparedness behavior. This study contributes to the current literature by improving the understanding of the relationships of risk perception and sense of place to disaster preparedness in farming households threatened by geological disasters in southwestern China.
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