Social Indicators Research

, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 919–936 | Cite as

Getting Active in the Gulf: Environmental Attitudes and Action Following Two Mississippi Coastal Disasters

  • A. Brooke Walters
  • Christopher F. Drescher
  • Brandy J. Baczwaski
  • Bethany J. Aiena
  • Marie C. Darden
  • Laura R. Johnson
  • Erin M. Buchanan
  • Stefan E. Schulenberg


The current study examined the impact of the Gulf Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina, environmental attitudes, and environmental action among residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The authors sought to determine if disaster impact, worry about the environment, or connection to nature was associated with environmental action following the oil spill and in general. We hypothesized that disaster impact and environmental attitudes would be significantly associated with environmental action. Surveys were administered to 1,108 individuals receiving mental health services in connection with the Gulf Oil Spill. Results indicated that disaster impact was correlated with environmental worry, connection to nature, and action. Additionally, environmental worry and connection to nature were significantly associated with action, as were the effects of Hurricane Katrina to a lesser degree. This study supplements the existing literature by examining environmental attitudes, disaster impact, and their association with environmental action following two disasters.


Gulf Oil Spill Disaster impact Environmental worry Connection to nature Environmental action 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Brooke Walters
    • 1
  • Christopher F. Drescher
    • 1
  • Brandy J. Baczwaski
    • 1
  • Bethany J. Aiena
    • 1
  • Marie C. Darden
    • 1
  • Laura R. Johnson
    • 1
  • Erin M. Buchanan
    • 3
  • Stefan E. Schulenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of MississippiUniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of Mississippi Clinical-Disaster Research Center (UM-CDRC)UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMissouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA

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