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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(3), 407; doi:10.3390/ijerph15030407

Resilience of an Earthquake-Stricken Rural Community in Southwest China: Correlation with Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts

School of Public Administration, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610207, China
Center for Crisis Management Research, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
National Disaster Reduction Center, Ministry of Civil Affairs of China, Beijing 100124, China
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Received: 2 January 2018 / Revised: 10 February 2018 / Accepted: 21 February 2018 / Published: 27 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health and Disasters)
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Disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities have given growing attention to building community resilience, but the effects of such efforts on community resilience are still under-investigated, especially in China where the concept of community resilience has only just emerged. Using the Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit Assessment Survey, data on self-perceived community resilience were collected in 2017 from a post-disaster Chinese rural community in Yingxiu Town, which was the epicenter of the Wenchuan earthquake (Magnitude = 8.0) in the year 2008. Linear regression analyses were conducted to explore the correlations between residents’ DRR behaviors and perceived community resilience with the control of their socio-demographic characteristics including age, ethnicity, gender, education, income level, employment status and marital status. Results indicate that residents who volunteered for DRR activities, received geological disaster education, participated in evacuation drills, and reported higher income levels had a perception of higher community resilience. Practice research is suggested to help clarify the cause and effect of DRR work on the enhancement of community resilience to disasters in China and abroad. Attention is also called to the development of a Chinese indigenous community resilience concept and assessment instrument. View Full-Text
Keywords: community resilience; rural areas; China; Wenchuan earthquake community resilience; rural areas; China; Wenchuan earthquake
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Cui, K.; Han, Z.; Wang, D. Resilience of an Earthquake-Stricken Rural Community in Southwest China: Correlation with Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 407.

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