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Zarina Akbar & Evelin Witruk - Coping Strategies and Disaster Experience Predict Post-traumatic Growth Survivors of Disaster in Yogyakarta Province Indonesia
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Zarina Akbar1, 2 & Evelin Witruk1
1 University of Leipzig, Germany
2Jakarta State University, Indonesia
Coping Strategies and Disaster Experience Predict Post-traumatic Growth Survivors of Disaster in Yogyakarta Province Indonesia
Abstract. This study examines association among coping strategies, disaster experience, and post-traumatic growth in disaster survivors. The samples consists of 100 survivors, female 65 (M = 3.98; SD = 0.35) and male 35 (M = 3.78; SD = 0.31) affected by natural disaster, earthquake 2006 in Bantul district (n= 50) and volcano eruption 2010 in Cangkringan Sleman district (n= 50) in Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. Data were collected several years after disasters in 2013. The measurement instrument used for data collection has subscales on coping, disaster experience, and post-traumatic growth level. Coping aspects were divided into approach and avoidance coping. Possible predictors to post-traumatic growth were examined by regression analyses. The result showed that coping and disaster experience are siginificant predictors to post-traumatic growth. Implications for this research further highlight the need for addressing approach coping and disaster experience, which are more important than the nature of traumatic event in rehabilitation programme for disaster survivors.
Keywords: coping strategies, disaster experience, post-traumatic growth, disaster survivors.
Over the past decade, the world has seen an increase in large-scale traumas, catastrophes, and natural disaters. According to the United Nations (UN), natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity around the globe (Jacobs, Leach, & Gerstein, 2011). The rising population...
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