Vulnerability and the Process of Recovery for Households and Companies in Phang-Nga and Phuket Provinces in Thailand
4 Data base of the study
For the assessment of vulnerability in the affected region, quantitative and quali- tative data-were combined. This is due to the fact that this study pursues two major aims: on the one hand, the assessment and quantification of the vulnera- bility situation triggered by the tsunami of 2004, and on the other hand, that of the recovery period which followed. For the assessment of vulnerability and re- covery after the tsunami of 2004, a quantitative, standardised questionnaire was used. The majority of the questions had been designed as closed questions, with open questions rarely being used for gathering statements concerning the recov- ery process. This design was chosen in accordance with the purpose of the study, i.e. producing a quantitative and generic model based on a system of hy- potheses derived from several studies on vulnerability theory (cp. Chapter 3). Previous research and a consistent theoretical framework are necessary as a basis for applying a quantitative method including closed questions (DIEKMANN 2010:531). The main reason for choosing a qualitative and open approach to as- sessing the mitigation strategies of households and companies in the aftermath of the tsunami of 2004 was the specific characteristics of quantitative research methods. Three specific characteristics in particular play important roles: the focus on the research subject, i.e. the special perspective of the interviewee, the openness, i.e. open questions without giving predetermined answers, and the analysis in the familiar surroundings of the interviewee (DIEKMANN 2010; MAYRING 2002). This triangulation should support the verification of the...
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