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Disasters. 2015 Oct;39(4):795-810. doi: 10.1111/disa.12126. Epub 2015 Mar 5.

Associations between economic loss, financial strain and the psychological status of Wenchuan earthquake survivors.

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1
Lecturer, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, Australia.
2
Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.
3
Professor and Dean, School of Human Development and Social Services, SIM University, Singapore.

Abstract

This study examines the effects of economic loss on the life satisfaction and mental health of Wenchuan earthquake survivors. Economic loss is measured by earthquake impacts on the income and houses of the survivors. The correlation analysis shows that earthquake impact on income is significantly correlated with life satisfaction and depression. The regression analyses indicate that earthquake impact on income is indirectly associated with life satisfaction and depression through its effect on financial strain. The research highlights the importance of coping strategies in maintaining a balance between economic status and living demands for disaster survivors.

KEYWORDS:

China; depression; disaster survivors; economic loss; financial strain; life satisfaction

PMID:
25754768
DOI:
10.1111/disa.12126
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