Social Networks and Reduction of Risk in Disasters: An Example of the Wenchuan Earthquake

  • Zhao Yandong 
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 4)


Social capital and social networks are considered as the most dependable resources in the aftermath of natural disasters. Based on the data from a rapid needs assessment survey after the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China, this chapter describes the role of social networks in the search and rescue of victims and providing information and support and maintaining the mental health of the affected population. The theoretical and policy implications are also discussed.


Social Network Social Capital Wenchuan Earthquake Network Member Mental Health Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Science, Technology and SocietyChinese Academy of Science and Technology for DevelopmentBeijingChina

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