Uncertainty and Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of Victim Perceptions Utilizing the Problematic Integration Theory
Social Science and Global Studies
Guided by the problematic integration theory, the purpose of this study was to determine what probabilistic and evaluative orientations were formed during post-disaster decision-making following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado, the 2011 Mississippi Delta flooding, and a pair of tornados in Hattiesburg Mississippi in 2013 and 2017. A series of focus groups were conducted in communities impacted by these disasters. Five different themes emerged when coding the focus group data for probabilistic and evaluative orientations formed: (1) Distrust, (2) Disorientation, (3) Desperation, (4) Disparity, and (5) Disconnection. The broader implications of this study shed light on how people handle personal uncertainty, especially in situations where their lives have been dramatically shifted in a negative way.
Qualitative Research Reports In Communication
Bagley, B. H.,
Bright, C. F.,
(2022). Uncertainty and Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of Victim Perceptions Utilizing the Problematic Integration Theory. Qualitative Research Reports In Communication.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/20275