Response of the elderly to disaster

An age-stratified analysis

Robert Bolin, D. J. Klenow

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This article analyzes the effects of chronological age of disaster victims on their responses to stress effects of natural disasters. Previous research is reviewed and major findings of that research are noted. Findings regarding disaster losses, physical impacts, aid utilization patterns, kinship relations, relative deprivation, social-psychological impacts, neglect of elderly disaster victims, and differential recovery rates by age are retested on new data. Data described herein were gathered using survey techniques in two disaster stricken communities in Texas. Elderly victims' responses to the tornadoes are compared to a nonelderly (under sixty years of age) group to assess differences. Findings of previous research were, in many instances, supported although certain divergences between the current findings and preceding findings are noted, particularly in rates of recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-296
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Volume16
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Response of the elderly to disaster : An age-stratified analysis. / Bolin, Robert; Klenow, D. J.

In: International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1983, p. 283-296.

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