Social Indicators Research

, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp 421–436 | Cite as

Impacts of Sense of Community and Satisfaction with Governmental Recovery on Psychological Status of the Wenchuan Earthquake Survivors

  • Yunong HuangEmail author
  • Hung Wong


This research examined the impacts of sense of community and satisfaction with governmental recovery on life satisfaction and depression of the Wenchuan earthquake survivors. A total of 304 valid questionnaires were collected. Bivariate analysis indicated that both sense of community and satisfaction with governmental recovery were correlated significantly with both life satisfaction and depression. Regression analyses showed that the variables of sense of community and satisfaction with governmental recovery were only associated significantly with life satisfaction, controlling socio-demographic and other variables. The research highlighted the importance to examine both positive and negative aspects of psychological status of disaster survivors and to include the factors related to community and social policies in examining their psychological status. Limitation and direction of future studies were address. The implications of the research were discussed in China’s social and political contexts.


Disaster survivors Psychological status Governmental recovery Sense of community China 



This research was supported with Hong Kong South China Programme Research Grant, the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the project: Rebuilding a post-disaster community from inside out: Action research on an asset-based social recovery project in Beichuan (6903204).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Work and Social Planning, School of Social and Policy Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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