20 Feb 2023
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The Role of Response Efficacy and Self-efficacy in Disaster Preparedness Actions for Vulnerable Households

Dong Qiu, Binglin Lv, Yuepeng Cui, and Zexiong Zhan

Abstract. The effects of response efficacy and self-efficacy on disaster preparedness have been widely reported. However, most studies only prove their relationship to disaster preparedness in general terms without ascertaining whether they also variously impact the disaster preparedness of diverse vulnerable families (i.e., caring for older/disabled adults (COD), caring for a child (CC), and low capacity (LC)). In this study, disaster preparedness is divided into two dependent variables: adequate and minimal preparedness. A quantitative analysis was conducted using 4559 samples drawn from the 2021 National Household Survey to investigate the relationship between response efficacy and self-efficacy with preparedness measures adopted by vulnerable households. Binary logistic regression results indicated that households with vulnerable groups are generally more likely to report lower disaster preparedness. Response efficacy is more critical to LC and COD families, while self-efficacy is more important to LC and CC families. Based on these findings, interventions can be tailored to suit different family types and help vulnerable families better prepare for disasters.

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  • RC1: 'Revisions', Anonymous Referee #1, 25 Aug 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Yuepeng Cui, 15 Sep 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1349', Anonymous Referee #2, 08 Sep 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Yuepeng Cui, 15 Sep 2023

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Short summary
This paper divides preparedness behavior into minimal and adequate preparedness. In addition to studying the main factors that promote families' disaster preparedness, we also study the moderating effects of response and self-efficacy on preparedness actions by vulnerable families. Based on the findings of this study policymakers can target interventions and programs that can be designed to remedy the current lack of disaster preparedness education for vulnerable families.