Natural Hazards

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 503–526 | Cite as

Correlates of hazards education for youth: a replication study

  • Kevin R. Ronan
  • Kylie Crellin
  • David Johnston
Original Paper


Youth and families have been identified as particularly vulnerable to the effects of hazardous events. This study examined correlates of hazards education involvement for youth. Participants were 407 youth between the ages of 7 and 18 who filled out several indices reflecting hazards awareness, risk perceptions, psychological factors, knowledge, and adoption of hazards adjustments and family emergency plans. Additionally, interactive factors were assessed, the extent to which education programs encouraged youth to discuss their learning with parents and whether such discussions occurred. Overall, findings replicated and extended previous research. First, younger children were generally seen to be more prepared; girls, more knowledgeable. Second, youth involved in education programs had significantly higher levels of correct knowledge of readiness and response behaviors, lower levels of incorrect knowledge, and reported more home-based hazards adjustments. One important area where no differences were seen was in the area of family emergency planning. Predictors of increased educational benefits included program recency, encouragement to interact with parents and, to a slightly lesser extent, parent discussion willingness. Combined with previous research indicating that even simple and brief reading and discussion programs can produce tangible benefits, findings here encourage the incorporation of easy-to-do features that can increase benefits for youth and their families.


Hazards education programs Youth and families Risk perceptions Hazard adjustment 



Federal Emergency Management Agency


National Institute of Mental Health


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin R. Ronan
    • 1
  • Kylie Crellin
    • 2
  • David Johnston
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Behavioural and Social SciencesInstitute of Health and Social Science Research, CQUniversity AustraliaRockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Health and Social Science Research, CQUniversity AustraliaRockhamptonAustralia
  3. 3.Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand
  4. 4.Institute of Geological and Nuclear SciencesWellingtonNew Zealand

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