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An investigation of the relationship between socio-economic status and hazards-preparedness in intermediate school children

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    Tarrant, R.A.C.; Johnston, D.M. 2010 An investigation of the relationship between socio-economic status and hazards-preparedness in intermediate school children Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2010/19 15 p.

    Abstract: This study investigated earthquake and tsunami preparedness in intermediate school children in relation to the socio-economic status (SES) of their families. SES was operationalised as the decile rankings of the schools. The survey comprised 852 children from five intermediate schools, deciles 2 to 10, in the Wellington region. Overall, lower decile schools appeared to be the least informed and the least prepared for hazards, suggesting that a school’s decile ranking may be a key indicator in hazards education and preparedness. It is possible that differences between schools may be due to something other than SES, but the relationship between SES and hazards-preparedness in this study cannot and should not be ruled out at this point. This is particularly so, given findings in previous studies demonstrating relationships between SES and educational outcomes. Since the decile ranking of schools generally reflects the SES of the surrounding area (Ministry of Education, 2010), it appears that low SES communities at large may generally be in the greatest need of hazards education and support for hazards preparedness. A study comprising a greater number of schools across a range of deciles is required to further explore the relationship between school decile ranking and school children’s hazards-preparedness. (auth)

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