Effects of disaster education on children’s risk perception and preparedness: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study
New Research published in the Geographical Journal, “Effects of disaster education on children’s risk perception and preparedness: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study”, analysed the impact of a disaster education program on the perception of risk and preparedness among Turkish school children. The research was conducted over 18 months and involved a sample of 720 students from two cities. The disaster education intervention was designed to enhance children’s awareness of natural hazards and their knowledge of disaster risk reduction through interactive teaching, visual materials, and discussions on emergency management. The study found that the intervention positively affected children’s risk perception and perceived importance of preparedness for earthquakes, landslides, storms and wildfires. Additionally, the program encouraged children to adopt more safety measures, such as practising emergency drills and keeping a first aid kit. The study findings have practical implications for government departments and non-government organisations when designing or improving disaster education programs.