Coping Among Residents of a Flood Affected Traditional Village In Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Abd Aziz, Aniza and Barman, Arunodaya and Mohd Amin, Rahmah and San, San Oo and Kadarman, Norizhar (2015) Coping Among Residents of a Flood Affected Traditional Village In Kuala Nerus, Terengganu. In: 1st International Kelantan Health Conference, 28-30th July 2015, Renaissance Hotel, Kota Bharu Kelantan.

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Introduction: The communities settled in this traditional flood-prone area are potentially at risk of frequent inundation. This compelled the affected population to cope or adapt some strategy to reduce the negative impacts on their lives. Objective: The objective of this study was to explore the coping approach among the residents in a flood affected traditional village in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu and determine its associated factors. Methods: A cross sectional study which involved 210 adults who lived in traditional houses in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu was conducted in April to May 2015. Universal sampling was applied. This community-based study was part of the curriculum requirement for undergraduate medical students of UniSZA. The participants’ background, experience during the recent flood and their coping response were assessed using self-administered validated Malay version Brief COPE inventory that consists of three domains (emotion-focused, problem-focused and less-useful), 14 subscales and 30 items. Results: The mean (SD) age of participants were 46.7(15.54) years with almost equal sex ratio. Most of the participants were married (78.1%) and unemployed (54.8%). The most common coping approach applied by the villagers was emotion-focused followed by problem-focused and less-useful coping with mean score of 2.44, 2.31 and 1.18 respectively. There were four adjusted variables significantly associated with higher total coping score namely awareness on evacuation site (b=5.38, 95%CI:1.68,9.08, p=0.005), knowledge on health risk of flood (b=3.79, 95%CI:0.92,6.66, p=0.010), discussed on flood preparedness with family (b=2.50, 95%CI:0.84,4.16, p=0.003) and stored food before flood (b=4.506, 95%CI 1.67,7.34, p=0.002). Conclusion: The emotion-focused coping was the most preferred coping approach among the villagers. A significant better coping was associated with the villagers who were aware of the gazetted evacuation site and have knowledge on the flood health hazard. The villagers that plan with their family and practiced storage of adequate food as part of household preparedness also demonstrated significant higher coping level. Keywords: coping, preparedness, flood, flood victim

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Won the 1st prize for best oral presenter
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: AP Dr Aniza Abd Aziz
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2015 03:41
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2015 03:41

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