Risk perceptions, optimism, and natural hazards.

TitleRisk perceptions, optimism, and natural hazards.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsV. Smith, K
JournalRisk Anal
Date Published2008 Dec
ISSN Number1539-6924
Call Numbernewpubs20090126_VKsmith
KeywordsAged, Attitude, Cyclonic Storms, Decision making, Disaster Planning, Disasters, Florida, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Longevity, Middle Aged, Perception, Risk, Risk Assessment, Social Behavior

This article uses the panel survey developed for the Health and Retirement Study to evaluate whether Hurricane Andrew in 1992 altered longevity expectations of respondents who lived in Dade County, Florida, the location experiencing the majority of about 20 billion dollars of damage. Longevity expectations have been used as a proxy measure for both individual subjective risk assessments and dispositional optimism. The panel structure allows comparison of those respondents' longevity assessments when the timing of their survey responses bracket Andrew with those of individuals where it does not. After controlling for health effects, the results indicate a significant reduction in longevity expectations due to the information respondents appear to have associated with the storm.

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Longevity/Life Expectancy

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Alternate JournalRisk Anal
Citation Key7261
PubMed ID18627543