Disaster research for the hurricane Sandy impact area: a select bibliography.
The field of disaster studies has grown at an exponential pace over the past 30 years and, accordingly, the knowledge base of the field is presently quite voluminous (Rodriguez et al., 2007)). However, research on the human impact of hurricanes is a more recent phenomenon in the social sciences. Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, spurred on exponential growth in investigatory disaster research across all the social sciences. For a perspective, a keyword search for the term Hurricane in the database PsycINFO in 1985 yielded just 10 hits; today, this search would identify over 1,400 reference citations.
Hurricane Sandy (October 30, 2012), a category 1 'super' storm, produced untold destruction on the U.S. east coast, particularly New Jersey and greater New York City coastal areas. The purpose of this article is to provide a bibliography of key peer-reviewed research studies on the human, social, health, organizational, and policy aspects of hurricanes. Such research references provide a concise listing of highly-relevant articles for researchers, professional practitioners, and policymakers in the Hurricane Sandy impact areas. To that end, the database PsycINFO was searched as this file is considered the premier bibliographic source for literature in the behavioral and social sciences. Moreover, PsycINFO indexes periodicals in the social, health-related, and policy fields.
The author conducted a keyword (i.e., All Fields) search, inputting the term "Hurricane", on March 10, 2013. This operation yielded 1,410 citations, of which 1000 were journal articles that appear in peer-reviewed periodicals. These 1000 references were then reviewed for their saliency as a robust, major reference (the intent was to select articles that were both well-researched and informative). Thus, the articles that appeared to be most helpful and useful to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers were selected for inclusion. A typology of 13 focus areas served as a template for categorization. Table 1 shows the reference citations to the 61 articles across these typologies.
These results reflect literature mainly in social sciences; obviously, bibliometric analyses of medical or business scholarly databases would identify adjutant studies in these areas.
Bibliometric research, based on a content analysis of the extant literature, can serve a pedagogic function in that key references on a specific issue can be presented in a typological framework. The current analysis provides both scholars and policymakers a research compendium of articles that address major concerns in dealing with the individual, social, and organizational aspects of the impact of hurricanes on a populated region. In addition, the bibliography includes literature on the governmental response to recent hurricanes (see Piotrowski 2006; Piotrowski & Armstrong, 1998). At the same time, this study complements recent interest in how informetrics informs disaster science (Liu et al., 2012; Magnone, 2012). Future studies using content analysis methods applied to books on natural disasters could identify research areas of neglect in the field.
Liu, X., Zhan, F.B., Hong, S., Niu, B., & Liu,Y. (2012). A bibliometric study of earthquake research: 1900-2010.Scientometrics,92,747-765.
Magnone, E. (2012). An analysis for estimating the short-term effects of Japan's triple disaster on progress in materials science. Journal of Informatics, 6,289-297.
Piotrowski, C. (2006). Hurricane Katrina and organization development: Part 1. Implications of chaos theory. Organization Development Journal, 24(3), 10-19.
Piotrowski, C., & Armstrong, T. (1998). Satisfaction with relief agencies during hurricanes Erin and Opal. Psychological Reports, 82,413-414.
Rodriguez, H., Quarantelli, E.L., & Dynes, R. (2007). Handbook of disaster research. New York: Springer.
Chris Piotrowski, research consultant, University of West Florida.
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. Chris Piotrowski at Piotrowskichris@hotmail.com.
Table 1 Citations to Articles across Topical Areas in Hurricane Research in the PsycINFO database (March 2013) Preparedness Meyer, R.J. (2012). Failing to learn from experience about catastrophes: The case of hurricane preparedness. Journal of Risk & Uncertainty, 45(1), 25-50. Nepal, V., et al. (2012). Disaster preparedness of linguistically isolated populations: Practical issues for planners. Health Promotion & Practice, 13(2), 265-271. Yun, K., et al. (2010). Moving mental health into the disaster preparedness spotlight. New England Journal of Medicine, 363(13), Sept. 23, 1193-1195. Risk Factors Sakura, K., et al. (2011). Customers' views toward the insurance industry response post-hurricane. Organization Development Journal, 29(4), 33-52. Zahran, S., et al. (2011). Economics of disaster risk, social vulnerability, and mental health resilience. Risk Analysis, 31(7), 1107-1119. Lindell, M.K., & Huang, S.N. (2008). Households' perceived personal risk and responses in a multi-hazard environment. Risk Analysis, 28(2), 539-556. Crisis Communication Veil, S.R., & Husted, R.A. (2012). Best practices as an assessment for crisis communication. Journal of Communication Management, 16(2), 131-145. Aten, J.D., & Topping, S. (2010). An online social networking disaster preparedness tool for faith communities. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(2), 130-134. Doerfel, M.L., et al. (2010). The evolutionary role of inter-organizational communication: Modeling social capital in disaster contexts. Human Communication Research, 36(2), 125-162. Macias, W., et al. (2009). Blog functions as risk and crisis communication during Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, 15 (1), 1-31. Thelwall, M., & Stuart, D. (2007). RUOK? Blogging communication technologies during crises. Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, 12(2), 523-548. Evacuation Castle, N.G., & Engberg, J.B. (2011). The health consequences of relocation for nursing home residents following Hurricane Katrina. Research on Aging, 33(6), 661-687. Stein, R.M., et al. (2010). Who evacuates when hurricanes approach? The role of risk, information, and location. Social Sciences Quarterly, 91 (3), 816-834. Homey, J., et al. (2010). Individual, actual, or perceived property flood risk: Did it predict evacuation from Hurricane Isabel in North Carolina, 2003. Risk Analysis, 30(3), 501-511. Kang, J.E., et al. (2007). Hurricane evacuation expectations and actual behavior in Hurricane Lili. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37(4), 887-903. Dombrowski, M., et al. (2006). Predicting emergency evacuation and sheltering behavior: A structured analytical approach. Risk Analysis, 26(6), 1675-1688. Arlikatti, S., et al. (2006). Risk area accuracy and hurricane evacuation expectations of coastal residents. Environment and Behavior, 38(2), 226-247. Psycho-Social Yamashita, J. (2012). A review of psychosocial aspects for disaster mental health studies. Psychological Trauma, 4(6), 560-567. Dugan, B. (2007). Loss of identity in disaster: How do you say goodbye to home? Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43(1), 41-46. Elliott, J.R., & Pais, J. (2006). Race, class, and Hurricane Katrina: Social differences in human responses to disaster. Social Science Research, 35(2), 295-321. Bourque, L.B., et al. (2006). Weathering the storm: The impact of hurricanes on physical and mental health. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 604, 129-150. Peguero, A. (2006). Latino disaster vulnerability: The dissemination of hurricane mitigation information among Florida's homeowners. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 28(1), 5-22. Community Recovery Storr, V.H., & Haeffele-Balch, S. (2012). Post-disaster community recovery in heterogeneous, loosely connected communities. Review of Social Economy, 70(3), 295-314. Bartley, A.G. (2007). Confronting the realities of volunteering for a natural disaster. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29(1), 4-16. Scurfield, R.M. (2006). Post-Katrina aftermath and helpful interventions on the Mississippi gulf coast. Traumatology, 12(2), 104-120. Rodriguez, H., et al. (2006). Rising to the challenges of a catastrophe: The emergent and prosocial behavior following Hurricane Katrina. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 604, 82-101. Recovery-Human Populations Hrostowski, S., & Rehner, T. (2012). Five years later: Resiliency among older adult survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(4), 337-351. Many, M., et al. (2012). The function of avoidance in improving understanding of disaster recovery. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22(4), 436-450. Cherry, K.E., et al. (2011). Longitudinal assessment of cognitive and psychosocial functioning after Hurricane Katrina and Rita: Exploring disaster impact on middle-aged, older, and oldest-old adults. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 16(3-4), 187-211. Henderson, T.L., et al. (2010). Older adults' responses to Hurricane Katrina: Daily hassles and coping strategies. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29(1), 48-69. Stough, L.M., et al. (2010). Disaster case management and individuals with disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55(30), 211-220. Aciemo, R., et al. (2006). Risk and protective factors for psychopathology among older versus younger adults after the 2004 Florida hurricanes. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14(12), 1051-1059. Recovery-Children La Greca, A.M., et al. (2010). Hurricane-related exposure and stressors, other life events, and social support: Concurrent and prospective impact on children's persistent posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6), 794-805. Kronenberg, M.E., et al. (2010). Children of Katrina: Lessons learned about post-disaster symptoms and recovery patterns. Child Development, 81(4), 1241-1259. Terranova, A.M., et al. (2009). Factors influencing the course of posttraumatic stress following a natural disaster: Children's reactions to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(3), 344-355. Burnham, J., et al. (2008). Examining children's fears in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7(4), 253-275. Prinstein, M.J., et al. (1996). Children's coping assistance: How parents, teachers, and friends help children cope after a natural disaster. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 25(4), 463-475. Vernberg, E.M., et al. (1996). Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105 (2), 237-248. Hardin, S .B., et al. (1994). Psychological distress of adolescents exposed to Hurricane Hugo. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7(3), 427-440. Methodology Green, G., et al. (2012). What can multiwave studies teach us about disaster research?: An analysis of low-income Hurricane Katrina survivors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25(3), 299-306. Durant, TJ. (2011). The utility of vulnerability and social capital theories in studying the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the elderly. Journal of Family Issues, 32(10), 1285-1302. Benight, C.C., et al. (1999). Psychometric properties of a hurricane coping self-efficacy measure. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 12(2), 379-386. Business & Commerce Liu, C., et al. (2012). Post-disaster coping and recovery: The role of perceived changes in the retail facilities. Journal of Business Research, 65(5), 641-647. Linnenluecke, M.K., et al. (2012). Extreme weather events and the critical importance of anticipatory adaptation and organizational resilience in responding to impacts. Business Strategy and the Environment, 21(1), 17-32. Corey, C.M., & Deitch, E.A. (2011). Factors affecting business recovery immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management, 19(3), 169-181. Runyan, R.C. (2006). Small business in the face of crisis: Identifying barriers to recovery from a natural disaster. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 14(1), 12-26. Piotrowski, C., et al. (1997). Stress factors in the aftermath of hurricanes Erin and Opal: Data from small business owners. Psychological Reports, 80, 1387-1391. Sanchez, J., et al. (1995). Corporate support in the aftermath of a natural disaster: Effects on employee strains. Academy of Management Journal, 38(2), 504-521. School Settings Nastasi, B .K., et al. (2011). School-based mental health services in post-disaster contexts: A public health framework. School Psychology International, 32(5), 533-552. Overstreet, S., et al. (2010).A school-based assessment of secondary stressors and adolescent mental health 18 months post-Katrina. Journal of School Psychology, 48(5), 413-431. Piotrowski, C., & Vodanovich, S. (2008). Hurricane Ivan: A case study of university faculty in crisis management. Organization Development Journal, 26(2), 25-31. Health Issues Lu, A. (2011). Stress and physical health deterioration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Sociological Perspectives, 54(2), 229-250. Toldson, I.A., et al. (2011). Examining the long-term racial disparities in health and economic conditions among Hurricane Katrina survivors: Policy implications of Gulf Coast recovery. Journal of Black Studies, 42(3), 360-378. Ruggiero, K.J., et al. (2009). Social and psychological resources associated with health status in a representative sample of adults affected by the 2004 Florida hurricanes. Psychiatry: Interpersonal & Biological Processes, 72(2), 195-210. Polusny, M.H., et al. (2008). PTSD symptom clusters associated with physical health and health care utilization in rural primary care patients exposed to natural disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21 (10), 75-82. Mack, D., et al. (2007). Mitigating the health effects of disasters for medically underserved populations: Electronic health records, telemedicine, research, screening, and surveillance. Journal of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved, 18(2), 432-442. Government Meier, K.J. (2010). I've seen fire and I've seen pain: Public management and performance after a natural disaster. Administration and Society, 41(8), 979-1003. Basolo, V., et al. (2009). The effects of confidence in government on perceived and actual preparedness for disasters. Environment and Behavior, 41(3), 338-364. Malhotra, N., & Kuo, A.G. (2008). Attributing blame: The public's response to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Politics, 70(1), 120-135. Boin, A., & McConnell, A. (2007). Preparing for critical infrastructure breakdowns: The limits of crisis management and the need for resilience. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 15(1), 50-59. Kapucu, N., & Van Wart, M. (2006). The evolving role of the public sector in managing catastrophic disasters: Lessons learned. Administration and Society, 38(3), 280-308.
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