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COPING AMONG FLOOD AFFECTED TRADITIONAL VILLAGE RESIDENTS IN KUALA NERUS, TERENGGANU PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 February 2016 16:30

Aniza Abd. Aziz1, Arunodaya Barman1, Rahmah Mohd Amin1, San San Oo1, Norizhar Kadarman1, Ahmad Fadhlinoor Marican1, Azmani Wahab2, Anita Surani Abdul Shukor2, Suraya Sulung3

1Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Sultan ZainalAbidin, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu,

2District Health Office of Kuala Terengganu, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu,

3State Health Department of Terengganu, 20200 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

ABSTRACT

The communities settled in this traditional flood-prone area are potentially at risk of frequent inundation. This compelled the affected population to cope or adapt some strategy to reduce the negative impacts on their lives. The objective of this study was to explore the coping approach among the residents in a flood affected traditional village in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu and determine its associated factors. A cross sectional study which involved 210 adults who lived in traditional village houses was conducted from April to May 2015. Universal sampling was applied. This community-based study was part of the curriculum requirement for undergraduate medical students of UniSZA. The participants background, experience during the recent flood and their coping response were assessed using self-administered validated Malay version Brief COPE inventory that consists of three domains (emotion-focused, problem-focused and less-useful), 14 subscales and 30 items. The mean (SD) age of participants were 46.7(15.54) years with almost equal sex ratio. Most of the participants were married (78.1%) and unemployed (54.8%). The most common coping approach applied by the villagers was emotion-focused followed by problem-focused and less-useful coping. There were four adjusted variables significantly associated with higher total coping score namely awareness on evacuation site (b=5.38, 95%CI:1.68,9.08, p=0.005), knowledge on health risk of flood (b=3.79, 95%CI:0.92,6.66, p=0.010), discussed on flood preparedness with family (b=2.50, 95%CI:0.84,4.16, p=0.003) and stored food before flood (b=4.506, 95%CI 1.67,7.34, p=0.002). The emotion-focused coping was the most preferred coping approach among the villagers. A significant better coping was associated with the villagers who were aware of the gazetted evacuation site and have knowledge on the flood health hazard. The villagers who planned with their family and practiced storage of adequate food as part of household preparedness also demonstrated significant higher coping level.

Keywords: coping, preparedness, flood, flood victim

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