Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Preparedness for Campus Crises: A Focus Group Study of Undergraduates at a Southern University

Davis, Christal (2016) Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Preparedness for Campus Crises: A Focus Group Study of Undergraduates at a Southern University. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Stefan Schulenberg from Psychology, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore student perceptions and attitudes toward disaster preparedness and university readiness for various disasters in order to promote future development of effective strategies to change the culture of preparedness on campuses. Methods: A total of 10 focus groups were conducted with 54 students. Participants completed general demographic information before discussing topics related to preparedness. Results: Findings revealed complacency and lack of preparedness among students for many of the disaster types discussed. Participants reported feeling most prepared for pandemic outbreaks, citing various campus preparedness efforts, while they showed the least amount of confidence in their preparedness for incidents of violence. Participants also reported being relatively unprepared and unconcerned with respect to natural disasters. Discussion: Despite a reported lack of preparedness for multiple emergency types, participants generated suggestions for increasing the preparedness of students on campus. Effective strategies could be utilized to better engage students and create a social climate encouraging preparedness on campuses. Findings, recommendations, and directions for research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Davis, Christal
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Stefan Schulenberg
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Christal Davis
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 16:13
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 16:13
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/536

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