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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(5), 492; doi:10.3390/ijerph14050492

Perception, Knowledge and Behaviors Related to Typhoon: A Cross Sectional Study among Rural Residents in Zhejiang, China

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Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan 250012, Shandong, China
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Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou 310051, Zhejiang, China
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School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Bureau of human resources and social security of Fengtai District of Beijing, Beijing 100073, China
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Ninghai County Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ningbo 315600, Zhejiang, China
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Shandong University Climate Change and Health Center, Jinan 250012, Shandong, China
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Academic Editor: Jason K. Levy
Received: 10 January 2017 / Revised: 12 April 2017 / Accepted: 3 May 2017 / Published: 6 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Abstract

(1) The objective of this study was to assess the risk perceptions, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors related to typhoon among rural residents in Zhejiang province of China. A cross-sectional study was conducted among rural residents in Zhejiang province, China. Information was collected from 659 participants using a structured questionnaire. Univariate analysis and multivariable analysis were used to analyze the data. Participants were most concerned about property damage, followed by their health and life. Television, short message service (SMS), relatives and friends were the most common information sources. Most people had not been educated with disaster prevention measures. The complementary log–log (CLL) model showed that understanding typhoon warning signal, preparation time, risk perception of health damage and life threat, and fears of typhoon were independent predictors of adoption of coping behaviors. We found that: 1. Residents’ risk perception of health and life threat caused by typhoon is inadequate; 2. There is a gap between residents’ cognition or knowledge and behavior in rural areas; 3. The government should further make strategies to develop educational activities, in order to eliminate the gap and improve the ability of preparing for typhoon among rural residents. View Full-Text
Keywords: typhoon disaster; risk perception; attitude; knowledge; behavior; rural residents typhoon disaster; risk perception; attitude; knowledge; behavior; rural residents
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Zhang, W.; Wang, W.; Lin, J.; Zhang, Y.; Shang, X.; Wang, X.; Huang, M.; Liu, S.; Ma, W. Perception, Knowledge and Behaviors Related to Typhoon: A Cross Sectional Study among Rural Residents in Zhejiang, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 492.

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